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Gawk is the GNU implementation of AWK, a programming language that has evolved considerably during the past 30 years. It also adds a large number of features over POSIX awk.

This package is well suited for working with text files, when several kinds of tasks occur repeatedly, for extracting certain lines and discard the rest is needed, or for making changes wherever certain patterns appear. It can handle simple data-reformatting jobs with just a few lines of code.


User manual included in HTML at

Manpage and reference card available in PostScript format.

Heckert gnu.small.png This is a GNU package:gawk


Download version 4.1.4 (stable)
released on 25 August 2016

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GPLv3genium9 October 2014

Leaders and contributors

Arnold Robbins Maintainer

Resources and communication

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Developer Newsgroup comp.lang.awk
Developer VCS Repository Webview

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This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 26 August 2016.


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