This appendix provides instructions for installing
gawk on the various platforms that are supported
by the developers. The primary developer supports GNU/Linux (and Unix), whereas
the other ports are contributed. See Reporting Problems and Bugs for the email
addresses of the people who maintain the respective ports.
This section describes how to get the
gawk distribution, how to extract it, and then
what is in the various files and subdirectories.
There are two ways to get GNU software:
Copy it from someone else who already has it.
gawk from the
ftp.gnu.org, in the
http access are supported. If you have the
wget program, you can use a
command like the following:
The GNU software archive is mirrored around the world. The up-to-date list of mirror sites is available from the main FSF website. Try to use one of the mirrors; they will be less busy, and you can usually find one closer to your site.
gawk is distributed as several
tar files compressed with different
xz. For simplicity, the rest of these
instructions assume you are using the one compressed with the GNU Gzip
Once you have the distribution (e.g.,
gzip to expand the file and then use
tar to extract it. You can use the following pipeline ...