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Re: ``read -N n'' removes leading "\n"s

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: ``read -N n'' removes leading "\n"s
Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2016 10:43:57 -0500
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On 11/24/16 3:08 AM, Clark Wang wrote:
> See following example:
> [STEP 100] # echo $BASH_VERSION
> 4.4.5(2)-release
> [STEP 101] # read -N 5 v
> abcd<ENTER>
> [STEP 102] # printf '%q\n' "$v"
> $'abcd\n'
> [STEP 103] # read -N 5 v
> abc[STEP 104] # printf '%q\n' "$v"
> abc
> [STEP 105] #
> The second read did not return the leading "\n"s. According to the manual
> of read -N, "the result is not split on the characters in IFS" but I'm not
> sure how to understand this. Is the behavior correct?

This looks like a bug.  The -N option effectively sets the value of IFS to
"" for the duration of the read command, but it appears that splitting is
still following step 1 of


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