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Learning AWK Programming by Shiwang Kalkhanda

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Workflow of AWK

Having a basic knowledge of the AWK interpreter workflow will help you to better understand AWK and will result in more efficient AWK program development. Hence, before getting your hands dirty with AWK programming, you need to understand its internals. The AWK workflow can be summarized as shown in the following figure:

Figure 1.1:  AWK workflow

Let's take a look at each operation:

  • READ OPERATION: AWK reads a line from the input stream (file, pipe, or stdin) and stores it in memory. It works on text input, which can be a file, the standard input stream, or from a pipe, which it further splits into records and fields:
    • Records ...

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