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Old 04-22-2013
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korn shell,

testing if a pattern exist in a string,
x is constant, y could be none,all or any combination of the elements of x,

x="aa bb cc dd ee ff gg hh ii jj kk ll"
y="ff kk"
for z in `echo ${x}`
 if [ <any pattern in $y matches any pattern in $x> ]
     do something

Last edited by Scrutinizer; 04-22-2013 at 07:07 PM.. Reason: code tags
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Old 04-22-2013
for z in $x
  case $y in
    *$z*) echo "a pattern in \$y matches any pattern in \$x"; break

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Old 04-22-2013
Recent kshs (as well as bashes) provide a regex match in conditional expressions. man ksh:
Conditional Expressions.
A conditional expression is used with the [[ compound command to test attributes of files and to compare strings. Field splitting and file name generation are not performed on the words between [[ and ]]. Each expression can be constructed from one or more of the following unary or binary expressions: . . .
string =~ ere
True if string matches the pattern ~(E)ere where ere is an extended regular expression.
So your code could read:
x="aa bb cc dd ee ff gg hh ii jj kk ll"
y="ff kk"
$ for z in $x; do [[ "$y" =~ "$z" ]] && echo $z; done

Aside: that `echo ${x}` is pointless - get rid of it.
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Old 04-22-2013
If 'pattern' stands for 'word' and 'match' for 'is equal to', then nested loops seem most correct.
for x1 in $x; do
 for y1 in $y; do
  if [ "$x1" = "$y1" ]; then
   echo "$x1"

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