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11.2 Conceptual Overview

Awk is a pattern-matching program for processing files, especially when they are databases. The new version of awk, called nawk, provides additional capabilities and is now the standard in SVR4. Awk is still available under the same name (it is really just a link to the command oawk). In the next major release of System V, nawk will become the default. (The Free Software Foundation has a version of awk called gawk. All features in nawk are available in gawk.)

With original awk, you can:

With nawk, you can also:


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