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Re: bin/39002: harmful AWK extension: non-portable escaped character
The following reply was made to PR bin/39002; it has been noted by GNATS.
From: "Greg A. Woods; Planix, Inc." <woods%planix.ca@localhost>
Subject: Re: bin/39002: harmful AWK extension: non-portable escaped character
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 17:32:02 -0400
On 20-Jun-08, at 4:10 PM, cheusov%tut.by@localhost wrote:
> I think gawk does right thing here and I'd like to see the same in
Gawk is sometimes a noisy pain in the butt. :-)
It is long standing tradition in Unix tools and languages to ignore
the backslash on non-special characters, right from C on up.
The Gawk noise is probably there to mimic the similar noise GCC also
I personally don't think AWK should make any noisy warnings like this.
The fact that mawk does the wrong thing is disturbing, though I'm not
sure that justifies making a noisy warning.
Greg A. Woods; Planix, Inc.
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