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I writing a shell script, and in the script I would like to grep to perform an exact string match in another file.  Whenever I try to do this, the variable that I save the grep return in does not give the right results when checking that value.  Can someone please tell me if I am missing something.  Below is the portion of the code that I am working with.

serial="test1"
output=./script_report

check=`grep -m 1 -w "$serial" $output`

if [ "$check" != "" ]
then
........

When this function is run and "test1" does not exist within the file but a the string "test" does exist, the conditional returns true.  (should return false)

Thanks for the help.
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It is returning false when I try it
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Okay, I fixed the problem, the grep work fine the way it is.  Just forgot to update the value of check after the first time.
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