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HElp! What is \>? Quotes?? String or Integer????

jk101

New Coder
What does it mean by: if [ $a \> $b ] ?
When given:
a=100
b=99

What is the difference between having the if condition as [ "$a" \> "$b" ] with the quotes?
Please and thanks!
 

Antero360

Coder
What does it mean by: if [ $a \> $b ] ?
When given:
a=100
b=99

What is the difference between having the if condition as [ "$a" \> "$b" ] with the quotes?
Please and thanks!
The quotations will expand your variable. As far as the "\>" is concerned... the > symbol already has a function in bash.. so you need to escape it using the escape character, which is the backslash

as a reference:
 
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