cvs commit: src/usr.bin/awk main.c.diff

Andrey Chernov ache at FreeBSD.ORG
Tue Sep 19 21:30:00 PDT 2006

On Wed, Sep 20, 2006 at 12:06:52AM +0400, Ruslan Ermilov wrote:
> I'm pretty sure it will be accepted by Brian since another option
> already allowed its argument to be specified without a preceding
> space, 

I don't think so. My experience shows that he does not accept fixes 
easily, f.e. our locale POSIX and GNU awk compatible fixes many people 
send to him several times already. I can't tell for sure about this change 
exactly, but...

> and I don't share your argument of "this is BWK awk".  I
> think it's more important to be POSIX-compliant than BWK-compliant,
> even if it means to change vendor code.  Of a particular interest
> is item 2.c of POSIX's Utility Argument Syntax.

I fully agree with that. POSIX compatibility is our primary goal here. We 
don't need Another One non-POSIX Private Awk clone by the price of be 
GNU-free here.

BTW, I was among few who dislike GAWK replacement with BAWK, because of 
poor BAWK POSIX compatibility. Initially it was in even more poor state 
than now, it is a long story how our fixes was accepted in the one release 
and then rejected in the following one afterwards and so on.

IMHO I still think that GAWK is more actively developed (I mean betas, not 
2002 release, FSF releases are very obsoleted as usual) and have good a 
chances to become truly multibyte, but we already made our choice long 
time ago(

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