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Old 10-23-2009
Originally Posted by TonyLawrence
Awk is, well, awkward.
awk is awkward if you don't know how to awk.

With regards to string parsing and text manipulation, both are on par, sometimes awk is better with regards to speed and conciseness.

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Originally Posted by moldoverb
I get as far as:

awk '
while (getline <"file1.txt"){

and I can't figure out how to read in the second file to do the comparison and then print $0 from file2.
put your FS into BEGIN block. In the BEGIN block, you can't access field variables $1-$n.

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