Definitions of Awk

  1. 1. ( Named from the authors' initials) Aninterpreted language included with many versions of Unix formassaging text data, developed by Alfred Aho, Peter Weinberger,and Brian Kernighan in 1978. It is characterised by C-likesyntax, declaration-free variables, associative arrays, andfield-oriented text processing.There is a GNU version called gawk and other varientsincluding bawk, mawk, nawk, tawk. Perl was inspiredin part by awk but is much more powerful.Unix manual page: awk(1). netlib WWW(http:// plan9.att.com/netlib/research/index.html). netlibFTP ( ftp:// netlib.att.com/netlib/research/).[" The AWK Programming Language" A. Aho, B. Kernighan,P. Weinberger, A-W 1988]. 2. An expression which is awkward to manipulatethrough normal regexp facilities, for example, onecontaining a newline.
  2. Perversely; in the wrong way.
  3. Odd; out of order; perverse.
  4. Wrong, or not commonly used; clumsy; sinister; as, the awk end of a rod ( the but end).
  5. Clumsy in performance or manners; unhandy; not dexterous; awkward.
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