Is there a portable unix shellscripting way of joining a number of strings together with a given separator, like so:
$ strjoin --- foo bar baz quux foo---bar---baz---quux
Sure I could use a $scripting_language one liner or an ugly explicit loop in a shellscript function, but the unix hackers of old probably had some need for this as well, so someone has made a standard command like this that I don't know about somewhere in the past, right?
sed method is certainly the easiest one in many situations, but it doesn't work if the strings can contain spaces. And many of the other answers also don't handle that. Are there any solutions other than the
$IFS trick that handle spaces (and all possible characters in general) and do not require writing a full loop?