semi-OT: awk - field separator

Josh Carroll josh.carroll at
Thu Nov 15 10:35:28 PST 2007

>         What is the canonical way to get (FreeBSD default) awk to use a
> single double-quote as the field separator?  I have tried variations
> on -F\\\" and -F"\"" and the best I can get is:
> + awk -F" {print $2}
> ./ 1: Syntax error: word unexpected

awk -F'"'

That's a single quote, then a double quote, then another single quote. Or:

awk -F\"

should also work.


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