internal field separators
($IFS) A predefined environment variable in the Unix Bourne shell whose default value is the three-character string containing space, tab and line feed. Any string of one or more of these characters separates the command and each of its arguments in a command line.$IFS also tells the shell's built-in read command where to split an input line when reading into multiple variables. E.g. setting IFS=: would be appropriate for reading a file with ':'-separated fields, such as /etc/passwd.
Last updated: 1999-04-07
Internal Translatorfloating-point. [Sammet 1969, pp. 139-141]. [CACM 1(5):22 1958].
Last updated: 1994-11-30