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Re: [bug-gawk] Continuation Character not recognized in GAWK 4.1

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: [bug-gawk] Continuation Character not recognized in GAWK 4.1
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 18:08:36 +0200

> From: "Rush, Scott (CS COE)" <address@hidden>
> Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:25:26 +0000
> My employer recently replaced my PC (Windows XP 32-bit) with a new one 
> (Windows
> 7 64-bit) that resulted in GAWK no longer working. I was able to locate a
> 64-bit version of GAWK (GNU Awk 4.1.1, API: 1.1) that indicates that it is not
> an official release yet. I’m having to use a 64-bit version because the 32-bit
> version does not run my programs that nest additional calls to GAWK via the
> system() function. The outer call to GAWK works but I get the “'gawk' is not
> recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch 
> file.”
> error as soon as the program hits the system() command.
> The situation I have with the 64-bit version is that I get a parsing error 
> when
> I attempt to use the “\” continuation character in my programs.

If you want to pursue the issues with the 64-bit Windows build of
Gawk, I cannot help you, as I don't use such a build and don't have a
64-bit development environment installed to investigate the problem.

As for the 32-bit build, I use it on 64-bit Windows 7 all the time, so
if you can post a simple script that fails in nested 'system' calls, I
could at least look into it.

> When do you expect to have an official release of the 64-bit version of GAWK?

I'm not aware of anyone here who takes care of such official builds,
so I don't think there will ever be such a build, unless someone will
come aboard and volunteer to do that.

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