IFS - use entire lines in your for cycles

export IFS=$(echo -e "\n")
When you use a "for" construct, it cycles on every word. If you want to cycle on a line-by-line basis (and, well, you can't use xargs -n1 :D), you can set the IFS variable to .
Sample Output
$ cat file
line one
line two
$ for i in `cat file`; do echo $i; done
$ export IFS=$(echo -e "\n")
$ for i in `cat file`; do echo $i; done
line one
line two

By: darkpand
2009-07-09 15:25:37

What Others Think

Not bad. Here's an alternative using read (this doesn't require you to change IFS) while read i; do echo "$i"; done < file (You can cat the file into the while, if you prefer) If you *do* want to alter IFS, you can do it more simply (in bash at least) like this: export IFS=$'\n'
flatcap · 641 weeks and 4 days ago
A good idea is also to start with a OLDIFS=$IFS Then your loop Then back to real life with IFS=$OLDIFS You can avoid problems by doing this
michauko · 641 weeks and 2 days ago
IFS is a shell-local variable, so there's no need to export it. Also, IFS=$'\n'
h3xx · 535 weeks and 1 day ago

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