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Old Unix and Linux 03-22-2007   -   Original Discussion by yakyaj
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Comparing strings

I have two strings
a=Mar22
b=may21

how can I compare them
Is this fine

if[ $a -eq $b ] then;
.
...

else
....
fi

or
if[ $a = $b ] then
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for string comparisions we generally use = operator.
-eq is used for integer comparisons.
if [ "str1" = "str2" ] then

fi

will do your task .
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Old Unix and Linux 03-23-2007   -   Original Discussion by yakyaj
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Many Thanks.It worked now. I tried with out " ".
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