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Capturing or cutting few characters of a string

Shell scripting is part of my day today life job. Sometime you just need to cut or grab first few characters of a string. For example, consider following string I am using in a script:


I just need to grab network id i.e. 192.168.1 of a string $IP

I can write out

$ test=${IP:0:9}
$ echo $test

It took me more than an hour to find out solution to this tiny problem. BASH man page Parameter Expansion has lots of information. Make sure you read it.

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  • Mayavi July 4, 2006, 7:18 pm

    you need to use either CUT or some other mechanism.
    since your script will need tweaking to handle Network IP like
    use AWK/GAWK/CUT to split the network address into four parts using “.” as operator.
    and then concatenate and use first three.

  • Raj Mishra September 11, 2007, 3:46 am

    it can be written in other ways

    $ echo $IP | cut -f1-3 -d”.”

    this works fine…

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