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empty `for' loop in shell

From: Stepan Kasal
Subject: empty `for' loop in shell
Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2005 15:28:29 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.4.1i

  is it true that

        a= ; for f in $a; do ... done

is not interpreted correctly by some shells?
Or is it only a myth?

Autoconf contains workarounds for this bug, but the manual doesn't seem
to mention it.

Have a nice day,

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