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Re: bash: how to check if first character of string is "/"?



Robert P. J. Day wrote:
> 
> it's late so i'm sure i'm just being dense in not knowing this, but
> is there a simpler way to check if the first character of a string
> is a "/" rather than the cumbersome:
> 
>  if [ "x${VAR##/*}" = "x" ] ; then ...
> 
> surely there must be *something* that doesn't look quite so
> grotesque.

You could use the =~ operator in bash:

if [[ "$VAR" =~ ^/ ]] ; then ...

You could also use expr:

if expr "/path" : ^/ >/dev/null; then ...

And I'm sure there are better ways than these.

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