Subject: Re: ./ problem with awk script
To: None <>
From: Chuck Swiger <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 09/08/2006 14:43:45
On Sep 8, 2006, at 1:25 PM, Aleksey Cheusov wrote:
> This message is produced by gawk.
> For what reasons gawk package
> installs /usr/pkg/bin/awk file (symlink to gawk)?
> TODO ;-)
> 1) \. should be changed to [.] in awk scripts to make them more  
> portable
> 2) it is _probably_ better to remove /usr/pkg/bin/awk file
>    from gawk package.

Arguably, one should be listing /usr/pkg/bin later in your $PATH  
than /usr/bin; another solution would be for to use absolute  
pathnames or to set and export a more controlled version of $PATH  
which gets inherited by the commands it runs...

Or, as a completely unrelated solution, one might try to persuade the  
maintainers of gawk to not nag about regex contructs that work just  
fine with the historical AWK written by Aho, whomever [1], and  


[1]: With apologies to Mr. Weinberger, I remembered two of the three  
without checking the manpage.  :-)