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Re: IFS System variable


From: Paul Jarc
Subject: Re: IFS System variable
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2002 09:52:01 -0500
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Eric Khanukayev <address@hidden> wrote:
> When I type:
> export IFS=: or export IFS=":"
> then
> echo $IFS - gives me standard IFS value (space,tab,new line)

No, it prints nothing.  This is because the value of IFS is used for
word splitting - any character in IFS's value is treated as a word
separator and is thus removed before the "echo" command is executed.
Try this instead (note double quotes):
$ echo "$IFS"


paul



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