Which key do I press to get a forward Sinqle quote and a backward single quote

Posted on 2006-04-01
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2010-04-21
I can't remember which key I press to a forward single quote and a backward single quote.  I put in `` and in Unix ksh shell I get a message that say unmatched, because these are forwad single quote.  How do I create the backward single quote.  Help
Question by:leftridge1

Author Comment

ID: 16349892

Using UNIX in the Korn shell

Expert Comment

ID: 16350226
could you post the complete line you´re trying to enter?

Author Comment

ID: 16350418
I just need to know what keys I press in Unix to get the single quote to match for example
awk `($2=="F"){print}`users  - `` doesn't match  what key do I press to get these symbols to match
forward quote `
backward quote ' - this is note a backward quote

Modern healthcare requires a modern cloud. View this brief video to understand how the Concerto Cloud for Healthcare can help your organization.

LVL 23

Accepted Solution

brettmjohnson earned 160 total points
ID: 16351650
You do not use backquote in this manner.
`some command`  executes some command in a subshell and substitutes its output in the script.

In  your example, you want to use regular single quote ('), generated by the key between :; and Return/Enter on US keyboards.  (The same key generates double quote (") when shifted).

Unfortunately, I cannot figure out just what you are trying to accomplish in your command, since no valid assortment of forward quotes and back quotes makes sense.

awk '($2=="F"){print}'

is valid awk program.  I don't know what you are trying to accomplish with the `users -` command.

Author Comment

ID: 16352501
What I'm trying to say is how do you close your single quote
 I've create 12 records that have 6 fields and I'm trying to display an employee who make 6-figure salaries by typing in :
awk '(length($6)==6){print}' employeefile
when I type this int the command  say unmatched `. - NEED TO KNOW HOW TO CLOSE MY SINGLE QUOTE.  Didn't mean to make things seem so complicated.  Please help a sister out.
LVL 85

Assisted Solution

ozo earned 140 total points
ID: 16352529
' is closed by '
awk '(length($6)==6){print}' employeefile
is a valid command with properly balanced '
do you have ` anywhere else in your script?

Author Comment

ID: 16352585
 i can't seem to close my quote when am at the command prompt
$awk '(length($6)==6){print}' employeefile - what keys on the keyboard do I press to get this symbol.  I can type '  ' by pressing the key  ' , but at the command line it doesn't come out like this it comes out as unmatched '.  I hope this helps
LVL 85

Expert Comment

ID: 16353154
It should be the same key that you pressed to type it here.
Can you cut and paste the command from this page onto your shell line,
and cut and paste what comes out and any messages back to here?

Author Comment

ID: 16354932
I got it.  Thanks for all your help!!

Featured Post

Free Tool: Port Scanner

Check which ports are open to the outside world. Helps make sure that your firewall rules are working as intended.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

In tuning file systems on the Solaris Operating System, changing some parameters of a file system usually destroys the data on it. For instance, changing the cache segment block size in the volume of a T3 requires that you delete the existing volu…
Installing FreeBSD… FreeBSD is a darling of an operating system. The stability and usability make it a clear choice for servers and desktops (for the cunning). Savvy?  The Ports collection makes available every popular FOSS application and packag…
Learn several ways to interact with files and get file information from the bash shell. ls lists the contents of a directory: Using the -a flag displays hidden files: Using the -l flag formats the output in a long list: The file command gives us mor…
In a previous video, we went over how to export a DynamoDB table into Amazon S3.  In this video, we show how to load the export from S3 into a DynamoDB table.
Suggested Courses
Course of the Month14 days, 1 hour left to enroll

807 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question