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`read` is a shell utility used for reading strings from the standard input stream, or from a file descriptor.

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If I try to execute read -a fooArr -d '\n' < bar the exit code is 1 -- even though it accomplishes what I want it to; put each line of bar in an element of the array fooArr (using bash 4.2.37 … ). Can someone explain why this is happening I've found other ways to solve this, like the ones below, so that's not what I'm asking for. for ((i=1;; i++)); do read "fooArr$i" || break; done < bar or mapfile -t fooArr < bar …
asked Jun 19 '13 by RasmusWL