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Comparing Korn Shell Variables

Posted on 2012-09-14
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Is there a simple way to compare the value of two Korn shell variables, and when the value of the second is larger, assign that value to the first? So, if the value of VAR2 is greater than the value of VAR1, set VAR1 equal to VAR2.
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For a numeric comparison:

[[ $VAR2 -gt $VAR1 ]] && VAR1=$VAR2

For a string comparison:

[[ "$VAR2" > "$VAR1" ]] && VAR1="$VAR2"

"man test" explains all test operators.
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by:babyb00mer
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Yep, that would do it. Do I feel stupid. I guess I was just feeling lazy today. :-)
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