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A Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming, Second Edition by Mark G. Sobell

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12. The AWK Pattern Processing Language

AWK is a pattern-scanning and processing language that searches one or more files for records (usually lines) that match specified patterns. It processes lines by performing actions, such as writing the record to standard output or incrementing a counter, each time it finds a match. Unlike procedural languages, AWK is data driven: You describe the data you want to work with and tell AWK what to do with the data once it finds it.

You can use AWK to generate reports or filter text. It works equally well ...

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