[RndTbl] xargs with no command

Adam Thompson athompso at athompso.net
Sat Jan 18 10:13:17 CST 2014

Other way 'round: xargs was the newline inserter, splitting a WS-separated list into multiple lines.

That's still the first time I'd ever seen xargs used like that!

On Jan 18, 2014 12:54 AM, Trevor Cordes <trevor at tecnopolis.ca> wrote:
> As per Tuesday's meeting RTFM: 
> ibm.com gave me the first hint: 
> If no command template appears on the command line, xargs uses echo by 
> default. 
> Which then let me find it in Linux's man page: 
> ... and executes the command (default is /bin/echo) ... 
> So they were basically using xargs as a newline-eater to combine all the 
> lines of the iteration into one. 
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