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Re: IFS field splitting doesn't conform with POSIX

From: Kerin Millar
Subject: Re: IFS field splitting doesn't conform with POSIX
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2023 19:39:03 +0100

On Thu, 30 Mar 2023 11:52:06 -0600
Felipe Contreras <felipe.contreras@gmail.com> wrote:

> Chet wrote:
> > Alternately, you can think of the NUL at the end of the string as an
> > additional field terminator,
> Except if you do that, then 'a,' has two fields since the end of the
> string is an additional field terminator, as I explained.
> > but one that follows the adjacency rules and doesn't create any empty
> > fields.
> So it's a *very special* field terminator that is mentioned nowhere in
> the POSIX specification.

I can only suggest issuing a formal request for clarification. Clearly, there 
exists a prevailing consenus across implementations (bash included). For the 
matter not to be broached by the specification - at least, not by my reading - 
seems irregular.

Kerin Millar

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