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Old 08-27-2013, 08:28 AM   #1
omkar.jadhav
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checking whitespaces in a string


i want to create a shell script which will take string (for eg: om-23%)as a user input and identifies in case that string contains any spaces (begining/in between characters/end/combination of all of these) of the string
 
Old 08-27-2013, 08:30 AM   #2
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yes, do you have a plan or a test version?
 
Old 08-27-2013, 08:36 AM   #3
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i have created and tried the below loops but they all failes to detect spaces present at the end of the given string(for eg : om-23%<space><space> )
1. if [ "$string" != "${string% *}" ]; then
echo "$string contains one or more spaces";
fi
2. if ( echo "$string" | grep -q ' ' ); then
echo 'string contains one or more spaces'
exit 1
fi
 
Old 08-27-2013, 08:41 AM   #4
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actually those spaces are ignored, you can check:
Code:
read a; echo "XX${a}YY"
> a d f g h j k            <-- spaces at the end
result:
XXa d f g h j kYY
so grep will not be able to find those trailing whitespace(s).
 
  


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