mawk/gawk (revisited)

Marc Heerdink marc_heerdink at
Fri Mar 23 03:39:29 PST 2001

Perrin Aybara wrote on Thu, 22 Mar 2001 22:15:10 -0500:
> Since I downgraded to glibc-2.1.3, I dug up the first version of Marc
> Heerdink's 3dfx-Howto to check & use the instructions for the CVS GLU stuff. 
> I got the same problem I had on a glibc-2.2 system, and a ps -ef mentioned
> awk.  All I had to do was remove the awk -> mawk symlink and make it awk ->
> gawk, and all was well.  Apparently mawk chokes on the syntax it's given
> somewhere in the GLU build, whereas gawk has no problem with it.

If you find this kind of stuff, please mail me. It may improve the hint to tell
the ppl that gawk has no problems, but that mawk does. Thnx for saying it here
anyway... :)

There is no programming language, no matter how structured,
that will prevent programmers from writing bad programs.
- L. Flon

Marc Heerdink
marc_heerdink at

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