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    Any chance you could edit the title to read …GNU AWK…, please?

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      Done! :)

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        Thank you! :^)

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      I’ve use (GNU) AWK for a lot of different things since it’s such a versatile text processing tool. One way was to deal with some transformations on large CSV files (nearly a GB) from a third party that made importing them into a database much simpler. I originally wrote the transformations in Python, but switched it to AWK since the I/O is much, much faster. The AWK script was also more consice.

      Another surprising place it proved useful was on providing insight into GOFF object files. GOFF is a record-based (binary) format for object files on mainframes. I used the FIELDWIDTHS extension to read records from the file and did some other processing and I had a rudimentary GOFF file decoder. It was a boon because there are no tools for doing this outside of the (awful) ones on mainframes.

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        Can the tag be changed to something like “unix” instead of “devops”?

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          Use the ‘suggest’ feature: https://lobste.rs/stories/xpgpdi/suggest

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            People have to submit the exact same title and tags a couple times for suggestions to take effect. That consensus didn’t happen because of the title change (didn’t have ‘GNU’) and a differing opinion on whether it should have programming or not. (Not, it’s really just a fallback when no other tag applies.)

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          AWK-some.