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gawk: Language History

 Appendix A The Evolution of the 'awk' Language
 This Info file describes the GNU implementation of 'awk', which follows
 the POSIX specification.  Many longtime 'awk' users learned 'awk'
 programming with the original 'awk' implementation in Version 7 Unix.
 (This implementation was the basis for 'awk' in Berkeley Unix, through
 4.3-Reno.  Subsequent versions of Berkeley Unix, and, for a while, some
 systems derived from 4.4BSD-Lite, used various versions of 'gawk' for
 their 'awk'.)  This major node briefly describes the evolution of the
 'awk' language, with cross-references to other parts of the Info file
 where you can find more information.


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