Loop the way you want it – Bash – IFS

You have a text fine containing several lines of text. You want to loop through each line so write a for loop in your bash script saying,

for lines in `cat somefile`;do
#do something
done

But wait a minute, your code is now processing word by word and not line by line. Whats happening? It is basically using space as the separator by default. So what do you have to do now. Use line break(\n) as your separator. How do you do that, IFS. IFS stands for Internal Field Separator.

So now if I add the line,
IFS=$'\n'
to my script before my for loop. Bash would now start looping through the lines rather than words.

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