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Getting Rid of whitespace in echo command

When I execute the below command, my result comes back with a bunch of spaces before the number, how do I get rid of the spaces?

Results:
$ ./ex7.ksh
There are        5 users on the system

Code:
#!/usr/bin/ksh

who | wc -l > count.dat
counter=`cat /Users/stoteve/regis/count.dat`


echo $counter
if [ $counter -gt 1 ]

then
            
echo "There are $counter users on the system"



elif [ $counter -eq 1 ]

then

echo "There are 1 users on the system"


elif [ $counter -eq 0 ]

then

echo "There are no users on the system"

fi
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elwayisgod
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elwayisgod
1 Solution
 
griesshCommented:
Hi elwayisgod,

Why don't you just use Tintin's comment in your question http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Programming_Platforms/Unix_Programming/Q_21141569.html ?

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Werner
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griesshCommented:
... you could even use mine ...
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jlevieCommented:
'who | wc -l | sed -e "s/ *//" >counter.dat' would work with your script as is. But it could be made more efficient by doing:

#!/bin/sh
#
counter=`who | wc -l | sed -e "s/ *//"`
case $counter in
  0)
    echo"There are no users on the system"
  ;;
  1)
    echo "There are 1 users on the system"
  ;;
  *)
    echo "There are $counter users on the system"
  ;;
esac
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TintinCommented:
The easiest way is to simply get rid of the quotes, ie:

echo There are $counter users on the system
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elwayisgodAuthor Commented:
That is exactly what I was looking for. Not change my code but just get rid of whitespace in echo statement.  Thanks....

Sam
elwayisgod@hotmail.com
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