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Old 06-28-2001
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How one can measure the length of a string
but not with the help of awk utility

Can we write shell script for the same ?
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Old 06-28-2001
Length=`echo $var|wc -c`

echo $Length

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Old 06-28-2001

Length= $[`echo $string|wc -c` -1]

is more handy

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