Write a shell script that accepts a string from the terminal and echo a suitable message if it doesn’t have at least 5 characters including the other symbols. Script must not use array or array length to find out string length.

# Shell script that accepts a string from the user and echo a suitable message if 
# it doesn't have at least 5 characters. 
# -------------------------------------------------------------------------
# Copyright (c) 2007 nixCraft project <http://cyberciti.biz/fb/>
# This script is licensed under GNU GPL version 2.0 or above
# -------------------------------------------------------------------------
# This script is part of nixCraft shell script collection (NSSC)
# Visit http://bash.cyberciti.biz/ for more information.
# -------------------------------------------------------------------------
echo -n "Enter a string : "
read string
LEN=$(echo ${#string})
if [ $LEN -lt 5 ]; then
        echo "$string doesn't have at least 5 characters"
        echo "$string has 5 or more characters"
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2 comments… add one
  • vinayak Dec 18, 2012 @ 4:35

    very good example

  • Navneet Oct 22, 2010 @ 12:20

    Thank U for this script

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