I had this functionality working until I recently revamped my init files. Now, I can't figure out how to get it back.

I use helm-find-file (mapped to C-x C-f) for finding and opening files. I used to be able to execute the following keystrokes to find the location of a file in a sea of subdirectories. The following shows a sample project:


If I executed the following, the file ~/src/Foo/Foo.cpp would open.

C-x C-f ~/src/*/Foo.cpp  <return>

If I executed the following from my home directory, helm would let me select which file to open, either ~/src/Foo/Foo.cpp or ~/src/FooBar/FooBar.cpp

C-x C-f ~/src/*/Foo*

Since I revamped my init files, I can't figure out what setting I nixed. Can anyone point me in the right direction of how to acheive this functionality again?

  • I don't think helm-find-files supports globs the way you describe (see C-x C-f C-h m). You can try helm-find (C-x C-f C-c /). See also helm-locate and helm-projects-find-files.
    – jagrg
    Commented Feb 4, 2020 at 13:57

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I apologize. My memory failed me. Helm, as far as I am aware, does not support this functionality. The configuration I was using was ido. I use these two packages simultaneously for different purposes, and thought it was Helm that allowed me to find files inside a subdirectory.

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