Shell scripting question

Paul Schmehl pauls at
Mon Sep 12 15:56:30 PDT 2005

--On Monday, September 12, 2005 13:17:05 -0700 David Kirchner <dpk at> 

> On 9/12/05, Paul Schmehl <pauls at> wrote:
>> How can I strip the leading character from the string so that I can test
>> to see if it's zero?
> This'll strip the 0, while leaving other numbers intact:
> $ X=09
> $ echo ${X#0}
> 9

Thanks, David.  That's exactly what I needed, and now that you've pointed 
it out to me, I see (reading the specs) how that is it.  I just didn't 
understand what I was reading before you pointed it out.

Paul Schmehl (pauls at
Adjunct Information Security Officer
University of Texas at Dallas
AVIEN Founding Member

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