++ for your reply, JavaFan because I was misreading this (from the glob doc you cited):
Note that "glob" splits its arguments on whitespace and treats
each segment as separate pattern. As such, "glob("*.c *.h")"
matches all files with a .c or .h extension. The expression
"glob(".* *")" matchs all files in the current working
If what the angle brackets contain is a simple scalar variable (e.g.,
+<$foo>), then that variable contains the name of the filehandle to in
+put from, or its typeglob, or a reference to the same. For example:
$fh = \*STDIN;
$line = <$fh>;
If what's within the angle brackets is neither a filehandle nor a simp
+le scalar variable containing a filehandle name, typeglob, or typeglo
+b reference, it is interpreted as a filename pattern to be globbed, a
+nd either a list of filenames or the next filename in the list is ret
+urned, depending on context.