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Old 07-22-2009
Cut from inside a saved variable

ok, heres my problem.

i have saved the last line from a ls -l command into a variable. What i want to do is be able to cut the second character into that (i.e. the r if its there of the - if its not there) and save that value into another variable.

here is the current code i have to save the ls -l into a variable:

var1=$(ls -1 $1 | tail -1)

and here is what code i have come up with to get the second character from that line:

cut -c 2 $var1

please help me, been stuck on this problem for about an hour now.

(also, i cant use SED or AWK so bash soloutions would be awesome)
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Old 07-22-2009
Would you like to cut the second character from the filename?

echo $var1 | cut -c2

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