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Urgent solution required [message #98575] Tue, 11 January 2005 23:09 Go to next message
Naveen Verma
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Registered: August 2004
What do we mean by ${1#-} in Kshell? How it is different from $1, the positional parameter?
Re: Urgent solution required [message #98576 is a reply to message #98575] Wed, 12 January 2005 02:33 Go to previous message
Frank Naude
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Registered: April 1998
Senior Member
See the ksh man page:

           Remove Smallest  Prefix  Pattern.  The  word  will  be
           expanded to produce a pattern. The parameter expansion
           then will result in parameter, with the smallest  por-
           tion of the prefix matched by the pattern deleted.

Here is an example:

$ export X=-string
$ echo $X
$ echo ${X#-}

Best regards.

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