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Not able to understand IFS

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http://www.unix.com – Hi , i am in my initial learning phase of unix. i was going thru the function part. below is the example which was there but i am not able to understand logic and the use of IFS(internal field separator) Code: lspath() { OLDIFS="$IFS" IFS=: for DIR in $PATH ; do echo $DIR ; done IFS="$OLDIFS" } the output is below. here i am failed to understand how the o/p is coming like below and logic behind the IFS. Code: /sbin /bin /usr/bin /usr/sbin /opt/bin /usr/ucb /usr/ccs/bin /usr/openwin/bin regards, scriptor (HowTos)