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Old 12-31-2003, 08:21 AM   #1
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why does if [ ${var:0:2}='AA' ] always return true

Hi and happy new year !
can someone tell me why does

if [ ${var:0:2}='AA' ]

always return true, and tell me how to change if to test the first two characters in variable var ?

Old 12-31-2003, 08:51 AM   #2
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Happy new year to you too.

That happens because you need to have spaces around the '='.
It's also better (at least in this case) to have double quotes around ${var:0:2}. Without the double quotes you'll get an error if "var" happens to be emtpy.

So, this works:


if [ "${var:0:2}" = "AA" ] ; then
    echo True


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