Octave currently has a limited ability to work with strings.
strcmp (s1, s2) compares two strings,
returning 1 if they are the same, and 0 otherwise.
Note: For compatibility with MATLAB, Octave's strcmp function returns 1 if the strings are equal, and 0 otherwise. This is just the opposite of the corresponding C library function.
num2str convert a numeric
argument to a string. These functions are not very flexible, but are
provided for compatibility with MATLAB. For better control over
the results, use
sprintf (see section Formatted Output).
setstr can be used to convert a vector to a string.
Each element of the vector is converted to the corresponding ASCII
character. For example,
setstr ([97, 98, 99])
creates the string
undo_string_escapes (string) converts special
characters in strings back to their escaped forms. For example, the
bell = "\a";
assigns the value of the alert character (control-g, ASCII code 7) to the string variable bell. If this string is printed, the system will ring the terminal bell (if it is possible). This is normally the desired outcome. However, sometimes it is useful to be able to print the original representation of the string, with the special characters replaced by their escape sequences. For example,
octave:13> undo_string_escapes (bell) ans = \a
replaces the unprintable alert character with its printable representation. See section String Constants, for a description of string escapes.