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gawk: Using Constant Regexps

 
 6.1.2 Using Regular Expression Constants
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 Regular expression constants consist of text describing a regular
 expression enclosed in slashes (such as '/the +answer/').  This minor
 node describes how such constants work in POSIX 'awk' and 'gawk', and
 then goes on to describe "strongly typed regexp constants", which are a
 'gawk' extension.
 

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