[clug] easier way to use IFS in bash?

Michael James clug at james.st
Tue Aug 10 02:06:31 GMT 2004

On Tue, 10 Aug 2004 11:21 am, Steven Hanley wrote:
> All
> Looking at using word splitting in bash, say I have a string and I 
want to
> return the 1st word before a whitespace character or the third word or
> something.

Isn't that what "read" does?

Take this code from cloneboot that parses /etc/fstab

# Parse lines from fstab
# Note: lines are in this form:
#   <device> <mount_point> <file_system_type> <options>
while read device mount type options
	echo Device = $device
	echo file_system_type = $type

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