/bin/sh starts with check in script

Sergei G sergeig.public at gmail.com
Wed Feb 10 12:58:20 UTC 2016

I came up with this solution to check if variable $line starts with a 
hash.  Basically I am checking if line is a comment in the configuration 

if expr "${line}" : '#.*' > /dev/null; then
   echo Ignoring comment line

I had to redirect to /dev/null, because expr prints a number to STDOUT.  
Is there a better way to do this kind of string matching check in 
/bin/sh (not bash)?


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