Unix/Linux command question regarding relative_to_home pathnames?

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    Unix/Linux command question regarding relative_to_home pathnames?

    Assume that you are NOT currently in your home directory. what command i should enter to copy all files my home directory beginning with the letter 'a' to the current directory by Using a relative-to-home pathname???

    I tried many, but it's not working
    i tried cp -p ~/home/ [a] *
    or
    cp a* ~/home/username
    or
    cp ../home/username [a]*

    etc etc
    not working

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    It depends on shell, but ~ is typically one's home directory and . (dot) is typically the current working directory.

    So

    cp ~/a* .
    Right 98% of the time, and don't care about the other 3%.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grumpy View Post
    It depends on shell, but ~ is typically one's home directory and . (dot) is typically the current working directory.

    So

    cp ~/a* .
    thanks man it finally worked...but just one more question
    i want to delete all files that have filenames starting with'labtest', except 'labtest' itself (Delete all files starting with 'labtest'
    followed by one or more characters).
    i tried rm labtest[!labtest?]*
    rm labtest *[!labtest]
    rm labtest[!labtest]
    rm labtest [!labtest]*
    rm labtest[!]*
    none of em seem to be working

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackendstars View Post
    thanks man it finally worked...but just one more question
    i want to delete all files that have filenames starting with'labtest', except 'labtest' itself (Delete all files starting with 'labtest'
    followed by one or more characters).
    i tried rm labtest[!labtest?]*
    rm labtest *[!labtest]
    rm labtest[!labtest]
    rm labtest [!labtest]*
    rm labtest[!]*
    none of em seem to be working
    never mind...i found it
    it's rm labtest?*

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