Use the asterisk to match any part of a filename. Here we specify app*, which means list all filenames that have ‘app’ at the beginning of the filename and anything else after that:
$ ls app* appdva app_tapes appdva_SLA
Use the asterisk to match at the beginning of the string. Here we list all documents that end with ‘.doc’:
$ ls *.doc accounts.doc qtr_end.doc
You can also use the asterisk during any part of filenames you want to match. Here we say match the filenames beginning with ‘cl’, and any other characters after that, but they must end with .sed.
$ ls cl*.sed cleanmeup.sed cleanlogs.sed cleanmessages.sed
Use the asterisk to save yourself from typing in the full directory name when you want to cd into that directory: ...