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Old 11-03-2009
Originally Posted by Scrutinizer
I never understood the use of "" with this kind of numerical comparison.
The trick is to quote both parts of the relation:

while [ "$var" = "somevalue" ] ; do

while [ "$var" = "5" ] ; do

This way you force the shell to do a string comparison, regardless of what content is stored in "$var".

# 9  
Old 11-03-2009
Hi bakunin,

Ok, but we can't use a string comparison here, we have to use a numerical comparison.

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