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Re: Problems with awk / nawk

From: Stepan Kasal
Subject: Re: Problems with awk / nawk
Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2004 08:29:32 +0100
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On Thu, Nov 18, 2004 at 12:01:56PM -0800, Paul Eggert wrote:
> > The use of nawk produces the following error message: String /..../... too
> > long at source line 1. 
> > Which settings do I need to change? 
> You need to use gawk instead of nawk.  One of gawk's design goals is
> to avoid silly limits on string length.

if you happen to use Solaris, you may have already installed
/usr/xpg4/bin/awk, which is better than awk and nawk.

But GNU awk (gawk) is even better, of course.  Again, if you use Solaris,
sunfreeware contains a precompiled binary of current gawk.

        Stepan Kasal

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