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Re: inconsistent field splitting

From: Marc Herbert
Subject: Re: inconsistent field splitting
Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2010 14:25:13 +0100
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>> There is a big difference between
>> $ a=";"
>> and
>> $ a=;

> And for the VERY ignorant what is the difference

In the second case the unescaped semi-colon is a separator totally
unrelated to the assignment, which has no value at all. The variable
is assigned an empty string.

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