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echo display problem

Hi

I am facing a strange problem


a=03
echo ${a}

the output is 3

But i want to display it is 03

Can you people help me how to display it like 03.

Thanks
# 2  
Use quotes

Code:
a='03'

or using Korn shell print it out in the correct format
Code:
a=3
printf '%02d\n' ${a}

# 3  
What shell are you using? It must be broken to do that. My version of ksh does
Code:
#
# a=03
# echo ${a}
03
# ((a=03))
# echo ${a}
3
#

In the arithmetic assignment the leading 0 means the number is octal.
Code:
# ((a=010))
# ((a=a-1))
# echo ${a}
7
#

There is not too much you can do with a broken shell. Can you try a better shell?
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