in reply to Re: OT: Advantage of not expanding wildcard in the shell
in thread using wildcard character * in perlscript command line
Of course that also means the overwhelming majority of commands on Windows only take a single file as parameter and do not expand wildcards, because the programmer didn't know how or couldn't be bothered to go through the trouble (considering that FindFirst/FindNext API, I can sympathize). So you end up with a DEL command you have to write a loop around if you want to delete more than one file. Even when coammds do take wildcards, you often end up having to write loops: there is no way to write the equivalent of cp *.pl *.pm *.html projects/foowebapp/ because COPY expects exactly one source argument, whether it's a wildcard or not.
At least there are replacement shells like 4DOS which fix the builtins.
Makeshifts last the longest.