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 5.1 The 'print' Statement
 =========================
 
 Use the 'print' statement to produce output with simple, standardized
 formatting.  You specify only the strings or numbers to print, in a list
 separated by commas.  They are output, separated by single spaces,
 followed by a newline.  The statement looks like this:
 
      print ITEM1, ITEM2, ...
 
 The entire list of items may be optionally enclosed in parentheses.  The
 parentheses are necessary if any of the item expressions uses the '>'
 relational operator; otherwise it could be confused with an output
 redirection (⇒Redirection).
 
    The items to print can be constant strings or numbers, fields of the
 current record (such as '$1'), variables, or any 'awk' expression.
 Numeric values are converted to strings and then printed.
 
    The simple statement 'print' with no items is equivalent to 'print
 $0': it prints the entire current record.  To print a blank line, use
 'print ""'.  To print a fixed piece of text, use a string constant, such
 as '"Don't Panic"', as one item.  If you forget to use the double-quote
 characters, your text is taken as an 'awk' expression, and you will
 probably get an error.  Keep in mind that a space is printed between any
 two items.
 
    Note that the 'print' statement is a statement and not an
 expression--you can't use it in the pattern part of a pattern-action
 statement, for example.
 
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