Definitions for awk
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A Unix script written in the awk language.
Perversely; in the wrong way.
Odd; out of order; perverse.
Wrong, or not commonly used; clumsy; sinister; as, the awk end of a rod (the butt end).
Clumsy in performance or manners; unhandy; not dexterous; awkward.
A Unix scripting language or the command line interface itself.
odd; out of order; perverse
wrong, or not commonly used; clumsy; sinister; as, the awk end of a rod (the but end)
clumsy in performance or manners; unhandy; not dexterous; awkward
perversely; in the wrong way
Origin: [OE. auk, awk (properly) turned away; (hence) contrary, wrong, from Icel. figr, fugr, afigr, turning the wrong way, fr. af off, away; cf. OHG. abuh, Skr. apc turned away, fr. apa off, away + a root ak, ak, to bend, from which come also E. angle, anchor.]
The AWK utility is an interpreted programming language typically used as a data extraction and reporting tool. It is a standard feature of most Unix-like operating systems. AWK was created at Bell Labs in the 1970s, and its name is derived from the family names of its authors – Alfred Aho, Peter Weinberger, and Brian Kernighan. The name is not commonly pronounced as a string of separate letters but rather as an acronym, to sound the same as the name of the bird, auk. When written in all lowercase letters, as awk, it refers to the Unix or Plan 9 program that runs scripts written in the AWK programming language. As one of the early tools to appear in Version 7 Unix, it gained popularity as a way to add computational features to a Unix pipeline and besides the Bourne shell is the only scripting language available in a standard Unix environment. It is one of the mandatory utilities of the Single UNIX Specification; required by the Linux Standard Base specification — and implementations of AWK exist for almost all other operating systems.
The New Hacker's Dictionary
1. n. [Unix techspeak] An interpreted language for massaging text data developed by Alfred Aho, Peter Weinberger, and Brian Kernighan (the name derives from their initials). It is characterized by C-like syntax, a declaration-free approach to variable typing and declarations, associative arrays, and field-oriented text processing. See also Perl. 2. n. Editing term for an expression awkward to manipulate through normal regexp facilities (for example, one containing a newline). 3. vt. To process data using awk(1).
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