Writing patterns for filenames
Some patterns for filenames do not support the full regular expression syntax. They follow an easier writing form.
* matches any sequence of characters which are not path separators (zero or more) and ? matches any single character which is not a path separator. Use a trailing \ or / character to distinguish folders from files. To specify multiple name in the text field, separate them with a semi-colon ';' character. Do not add any whitespace around the separators in the pattern list. Only use one trailing \ character at the very most per pattern.
In addition, if the items that you want to filter are also determined by their containing folder(s), you can use path oriented patterns. Ellié Computing Merge will automatically match the path relative to the root folders of your comparison or browser against the pattern when it finds at least one \ or / in a pattern (at start or in the middle). Ellié Computing Merge supports a specific notation /// or \\\ (triple slash or triple anti-slash) which means 'at start or any number of complete path steps'. Note that Ellié Computing Merge does not keep a leading path separator for relative paths, so that "/usr/local/bin" with "/usr" as root directory for a comparison leas to "local/bin" only.