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Possible problem with gawk on linux

From: Mohit Parab
Subject: Possible problem with gawk on linux
Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2006 22:22:19 +0530

> Dear All,
>         The attached shell script creates a tempfile using gawk.  The problem 
> is as follows:
>       1)  The script searches for the string 'parab' in the file mohit.out 
> and prints it to "tempfile"
>       2)  Before printing any output to tempfile it initialises it using the 
> system commanf >tempfile.
>       3)  During the first pass the gawk program creates the tempfile 
> properly as an ASCII text.  However, on the subsequent passes it creates a 
> "data" file.  The same can be checked using the file command of Linux.
> Below are the details of the OS:
> /PROD_apps/runtime/release >uname -a
> Linux linux-test 2.4.21-37.ELsmp #1 SMP Wed Sep 7 13:28:55 EDT 2005 i686 i686 
> i386 GNU/Linux
> Version of gawk
> /PROD_apps/runtime/release >gawk -W version
> GNU Awk 3.1.1
> Copyright (C) 1989, 1991-2002 Free Software Foundation.
> Please let me know in case your'll need any more information or if I am doing 
> anything incorrectly. 
> Foll. is the shell script
> /PROD_apps/runtime/release >cat sample_cut.sh
> cat $1|gawk 'BEGIN {my_flag=0}
> ($0 ~ /parab/) {
>         system(">tempfile");
>         print > "tempfile";
>         system("file tempfile");
> }'
> the data file is as follows:
> /PROD_apps/runtime/release >cat mohit.out
> mohit parab
> shamal parab
> kamlesh desai
> nilesh desai
> mimisha desai
> Regards,
> Mohit
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