Strip Whitespace From Bash Variable
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Strip (AKA "trim") the whitespace from the beginning and end of a variable in Bash.
# Strip the whitespace from the beginning and end. STRING_VAR=`expr "$STRING_VAR" : '[[:space:]]*\(.*\)[[:space:]]*$'`Sources From Peter Knowles's "booklistgen.sh" script for converting files to Sony Librie format. Original forum post