Functions to display, save and restore $IFS

ifs () { echo -n "${IFS}"|hexdump -e '"" 10/1 "'\''%_c'\''\t" "\n"' -e '"" 10/1 "0x%02x\t" "\n\n"'|sed "s/''\|\t0x[^0-9]//g; $,/^$/d"
You can display, save and restore the value of $IFS using conventional Bash commands, but these functions, which you can add to your ~/.bashrc file make it really easy. To display $IFS use the function ifs shown above. In the sample output, you can see that it displays the characters and their hexadecimal equivalent. This function saves it in a variable called $saveIFS: sifs () { saveIFS=$IFS; } Use this function to restore it rifs () { IFS=$saveIFS; } Add this line in your ~/.bashrc file to save a readonly copy of $IFS: declare -r roIFS=$IFS Use this function to restore that one to $IFS rrifs () { IFS=$roIFS; }
Sample Output
' '     '\t'    '\n'
0x20    0x09    0x0a

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By: dennisw
2009-10-10 22:41:35

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