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Old 02-17-2002
Question awk built in variables

Dear experts
I am learning awk command through some books on Solaris 8.
I have tested the folloing command

awk 'BEGIN { print match ("And" , /d/)}'

then the result is as following
awk: syntax error near line 1
awk: illegal statement near line 1

Could you please help on this and just try to see if you are getting the same error.
match is presented in manual.
Best Regards
Reza Nazarian
# 2  
Old 02-17-2002
I did copy/paste of your line, and worked fine. It printed the digit 3, indicating the position that the string was matched.

This is on HP-UX 11.00.
Jimbo
# 3  
Old 02-17-2002
Thanks
Has anybody tried it on Solaris 8 on sun workstations. Do I need to install any patches?
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Old 02-17-2002
Originally, awk did not have a "match" function, it was added in the late 80's to a program called "nawk" which meant "new awk". HP has dropped awk and they renamed nawk to be awk. Sun continues to have both awk and nawk. On Sun's your code works if you use nawk.

I think that it's HP who is violation of Posix here, if anyone cares.
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Old 02-18-2002
Thanks a lot
I have tried nawk and It works. Every body is great here.
Best Regards
Reza
 

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