On Fri, 2 Feb 2007 22:11:56 +1100, Tigger <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote > Hello, the following simply sh script is outputting unexpected results. > Any idea why? > --script-- > #!/bin/sh > started=`date` > echo "Started at: $started" > echo "Finished : "`date` > exit > --output-- > Started at: Fri Feb 2 22:13:51 EST 2007 > Finished : Fri Feb 2 22:13:51 EST 2007 > --problem-- > Between 'Feb' and '2', there is two spaces on the 'Started at' line, > however the 'Finished' one only has 1 space. > I know this sounds picky, but I was not expecting this at all. It is not a problem with date , it did the same thing both times. The echo command coalesces consecutive blank space characters down to one blank unless they are quoted. If you change the line echo "Finished : "`date` to be echo "Finished : `date`" it will do what you expect. [snip] _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"