A "grep" problem


keith@T500:~$ q=$(ls | grep dEsktop) (i.e. a non-existent file)
keith@T500:~$ echo $q


I want to test the value of “q” for its null value here. It’s not " " or “”, so what might it be?
Can anyone help?

Found it at: scripting - How to determine if a bash variable is empty? - Server Fault

For a variable q:
if [ -z “$q” ]; then …
will detect if the variable is unset or the empty string “”.