HELP!! Having trouble with bash script - need quick response

Here's where I'm stuck

temphigh=$(cat $d/temphigh | sed 's/ //g');
templow=$(cat $d/templow | sed 's/ //g');
actualtemp=$(cat $d/temperature | sed 's/ //g');

I have the sed part in there because the file has leading spaces:

temphigh=80.124
templow=20.212
actualtemp=55.129

What I can't get is I need to compare the actualtemp to temphigh and templow

But how do I compare these values - when -lt and -gt needs integer??





Tigger996Asked:
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ozoCommented:
if perl -e 'exit ( (shift) < (shift)); '  $temphigh $templow ; then  echo low ; fi
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Tigger996Author Commented:
I'm pretty new to this - I don't quite understand that script

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ozoCommented:
if awk "BEGIN{ exit $temphigh < $templow }" ; then echo high ; fi
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Tigger996Author Commented:
Thanks for your code: I used the awk one but how come the logic is backwards.  Because logically if actualtemp is < templow shouldn't it echo low not high?  It works if I do it backwards.  But just wondering why it is like this.

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ozoCommented:
Because of the convention that a 0 exit value is used for a success, and a non-zero exit value is used to indicate a failure.
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