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awk

(tool, language)
(Named from the authors' initials) An interpreted language included with many versions of Unix for massaging text data, developed by Alfred Aho, Peter Weinberger, and Brian Kernighan in 1978. It is characterised by C-like syntax, declaration-free variables, associative arrays, and field-oriented text processing.

There is a GNU version called gawk and other varients including bawk, mawk, nawk, tawk. Perl was inspired in part by awk but is much more powerful.

Unix manual page: awk(1).

netlib WWW. netlib FTP.

["The AWK Programming Language" A. Aho, B. Kernighan, P. Weinberger, A-W 1988].

awk

(jargon)
An expression which is awkward to manipulate through normal regexp facilities, for example, one containing a newline.

awk

(Aho Weinberger Kernighan) A Unix programming utility developed in 1977 by Alfred Aho, Peter Weinberger and Brian Kernighan. Due to its unique pattern-matching syntax, awk is often used in data retrieval and data transformation. Awk is widely used to search for a particular occurrence of text and perform some operation on it. Awk is an interpreted language, which has been ported to other computing environments, including DOS. See Gawk.
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