Any awk gurus on the list?

Paul Schmehl pschmehl_lists at
Mon Aug 23 21:10:20 UTC 2010

--On Friday, August 20, 2010 17:24:55 -0700 "Randal L. Schwartz" 
<merlyn at> wrote:

>>>>>> "Paul" == Paul Schmehl <pschmehl_lists at> writes:
> Paul> Yes, I know I could do this easily in Perl.  I'm doing this to try
> Paul> and improve my understanding of awk.
> To what end?
> Every modern system that can run awk can also run Perl.  Why not
> concentrate on Perl?

Three reasons.  Perl is too easy (for this particular problem.)  :-)
Perl isn't part of the base system for FreeBSD.

# ls -lsa /usr/bin/perl
0 lrwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel  25 Jul 29 22:53 /usr/bin/perl -> 

# ls -lsa /usr/bin/awk
134 -r-xr-xr-x  2 root  wheel  135472 Jul  4  2008 /usr/bin/awk

It never hurts to learn new things, especially things that might get you out of 
a jam when a system isn't working as expected and you have access to a limited 
number of tools to solve the problem.

Paul Schmehl, Senior Infosec Analyst
As if it wasn't already obvious, my opinions
are my own and not those of my employer.
"It is as useless to argue with those who have
renounced the use of reason as to administer
medication to the dead." Thomas Jefferson

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