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Re: Strange behaviour of read builtin

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: Strange behaviour of read builtin
Date: Thu, 2 Jul 2020 11:50:48 -0400
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On 7/2/20 11:19 AM, M. Nejat AYDIN wrote:
> On 7/2/20 6:08 PM, Chet Ramey wrote:
>> On 7/2/20 11:06 AM, M. Nejat AYDIN wrote:
>>> I think now that it was intentional to make it possible
>>> to read a line as is, without having to modify the IFS variable.
>> This is the case.
>>> The wording does not reflect the intention clearly, in my opinion.
>> How would you change it to make that more clear?
> Perhaps by appending "without word splitting" or words to that effect

Kind of, but what read does isn't exactly word splitting in the presence
of fewer variable arguments than words read.

Maybe something like "the line read, without the ending delimiter but
otherwise unmodified, is assigned to the variable REPLY."

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Chet Ramey, UTech, CWRU

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