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Checking if a word starts with the letter B

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I would like to check if the value I am testing starts with the letter B.I tried
 if [ ^$val ==?B? ]; then
         echo ?start with B?
else
        echo ?Does not start with B?
fi
But this does not work, it always goes to the else part even though the val is a string  starting with B

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by:lubna132
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I tried if [ $val = ^B ] this does not work as well
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griessh earned 50 total points
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try that for a ksh:

#This extracts the first character
variable = `echo $val | cut -c 1`

if [ "$variable" = "B" ] ; then
echo "starts with B"
else
echo "does not start with B"
fi

BTW: there are more cryptic ways to get that result :-)

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Werner
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by:ahoffmann
ID: 6484716
# works in any UNIX and in any shell
if [ `echo "$var"|grep ^B` ]; then
  echo match
else
  echo no match
fi
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by:ecw
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Bourne shell at its derivitives ...
 case "$var" in
   B*) echo "starts with a B" ;;
   *)  echo "does not start with a B" ;;
 esac
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