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What is the difference between GAWK and AWK?

Asked by R. Jones, Last updated: Sep 25, 2019

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C. Bernthal

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C. BernthalTeacher, MA, P.hD, Seattle
Teacher, MA, P.hD, Seattle

Answered on Aug 29, 2019

AWK is a powerful programming language used to process and manipulate text files. It enables a programmer to write tiny effective programs in the form of statements. AWK is versatile as it allows you to configure it to fit what you want. It was written by A.

Aho, B. W. Kernighan, and P. Weinberger. GWAK stands for “GNU AWK.” GWAK is similar to AWK. All features present in AWK are included in GAWK. However, GAWK offers other extra features that can help improve what you are creating. Linux distributions usually come with GWAK.

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L. Thornton

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L. ThorntonStudent, MBA, Los Angles
Student, MBA, Los Angles

Answered on Jul 23, 2019

It is usually considered that AWK is the plain version of the command while the GAWK is considered to be similar to some of the extra features that you may need. This might mean that you want to use the GAWK soon, but it should be remembered that once you use GAWK, you will be stuck with that certain implementation.

GAWK is considered to be easier when you know that you do not need to change things, and you want to make the script that you have easier to write. Use AWK when you know that you need to make possible changes in the long run so that you do not have to redo everything.

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M. Krasinski

M. KrasinskiContent Writer, Columbus
Content Writer, Columbus

Answered on Jul 04, 2019

AWK is known to be a type of programming language. AWK can be used for several implementations. It will depend on the system that you will use it for and how you are going to configure it to best fit your needs. It is best that you will become specific while using it to get the best results.

GAWK is known to be similar to the AWK but this time, there are some extra features that you can add to it that will improve the version that you are creating. Between the two, there is not much difference when it comes to the speed of these two.

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