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Old 12-09-2010
Help identifying the first word in a string

Hi all, I'd like to know how to identify the first word in a string (in bash) for e.g.
echo "enter your name"
read name
(user enters 'Joe Bloggs' for e.g.)

echo "hello $name"
(output says "hello Joe")

Thanks for any help

Last edited by Scott; 12-09-2010 at 03:57 AM.. Reason: Code tags
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Old 12-09-2010
echo "enter your name"
read name
name=$(echo $name | cut -d" " -f1)
echo "hello $name"

# 3  
Old 12-09-2010
read name
echo "Hello ${name%% *}"

# 4  
Old 12-09-2010
Spot on guys, thanks very much for your quick responses, much appreciated
# 5  
Old 12-09-2010
I have seen splitting/tokenizing a string using % OR # earlier also in other threads but never really understood how exactly that works.
Could you please explain that command?
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Old 12-09-2010
Hi, this particular expansion cuts the longest match of space followed by any character off of the end of the string. It is described here with examples: 2.6.2 Parameter Expansion
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