(gawk) Manual History
I would like to acknowledge Richard M. Stallman, for his vision of a
better world, and for his courage in founding the FSF and starting the
The initial draft of `The GAWK Manual' had the following
Many people need to be thanked for their assistance in producing
this manual. Jay Fenlason contributed many ideas and sample
programs. Richard Mlynarik and Robert Chassell gave helpful
comments on drafts of this manual. The paper `A Supplemental
Document for `awk'' by John W. Pierce of the Chemistry Department
at UC San Diego, pinpointed several issues relevant both to `awk'
implementation and to this manual, that would otherwise have
The following people provided many helpful comments on Edition 0.13
of `The GAWK Manual': Rick Adams, Michael Brennan, Rich Burridge, Diane
Close, Christopher ("Topher") Eliot, Michael Lijewski, Pat Rankin,
Miriam Robbins, and Michal Jaegermann.
The following people provided many helpful comments for Edition 1.0
of `Effective AWK Programming': Karl Berry, Michael Brennan, Darrel
Hankerson, Michal Jaegermann, Michael Lijewski, and Miriam Robbins.
Pat Rankin, Michal Jaegermann, Darrel Hankerson and Scott Deifik
updated their respective sections for Edition 1.0.
Robert J. Chassell provided much valuable advice on the use of
Texinfo. He also deserves special thanks for convincing me _not_ to
title this Info file `How To Gawk Politely'. Karl Berry helped
significantly with the TeX part of Texinfo.
David Trueman deserves special credit; he has done a yeoman job of
evolving `gawk' so that it performs well, and without bugs. Although
he is no longer involved with `gawk', working with him on this project
was a significant pleasure.
Scott Deifik, Darrel Hankerson, Kai Uwe Rommel, Pat Rankin, and
Michal Jaegermann (in no particular order) are long time members of the
`gawk' "crack portability team." Without their hard work and help,
`gawk' would not be nearly the fine program it is today. It has been
and continues to be a pleasure working with this team of fine people.
Jeffrey Friedl provided invaluable help in tracking down a number of
last minute problems with regular expressions in `gawk' 3.0.
David and I would like to thank Brian Kernighan of Bell Labs for
invaluable assistance during the testing and debugging of `gawk', and
for help in clarifying numerous points about the language. We could
not have done nearly as good a job on either `gawk' or its
documentation without his help.
I would like to thank Marshall and Elaine Hartholz of Seattle, and
Dr. Bert and Rita Schreiber of Detroit for large amounts of quiet
vacation time in their homes, which allowed me to make significant
progress on this Info file and on `gawk' itself. Phil Hughes of SSC
contributed in a very important way by loaning me his laptop Linux
system, not once, but twice, allowing me to do a lot of work while away
Finally, I must thank my wonderful wife, Miriam, for her patience
through the many versions of this project, for her proof-reading, and
for sharing me with the computer. I would like to thank my parents for
their love, and for the grace with which they raised and educated me.
I also must acknowledge my gratitude to G-d, for the many opportunities
He has sent my way, as well as for the gifts He has given me with which
to take advantage of those opportunities.
(gawk) Manual History
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