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Date:      Mon, 29 Dec 2003 15:36:35 +1030
From:      "Rob" <>
To:        "Daniela" <>, <>
Subject:   Re: Complex quoting task in tcsh
Message-ID:  <009801c3cdc9$88507280$a4b826cb@goo>
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This isn't the answer you would like, but tcsh is generally considered a
bad language for writing scripts*. It's an excellent command-line shell,
but scripts are not its strong point.

One reason is the one you've just run into - quoting is a little flakey,
especially when you try to do something tricky.

For 'basic' scripts, either sh(1) or ksh(1) is usually the way to go. As
an example, here's your line-checking question, using sh and FreeBSD

    cat somefile | while read LINE ; do
        if echo "$LINE" | grep -q '^#' ; then
            # do something with $LINE

For more complex work, perl or python are usually recommended.

On the other hand, if you just want to filter the comments out of a
file, put

    grep -v '^#'

at the start of your pipeline.

* Csh Programming Considered Harmful (1996)

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Daniela" <>
Subject: Complex quoting task in tcsh

> I'm writing a tcsh script and I can't figure out how to escape that #.
> I tried all possible variations, and it always says I have a syntax
> Here's one:
> if ($line =~ "#*")
> Or is there another way to find out if the line starts with a hash
> Regards,
> Daniela
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