Any chance you could edit the title to read …GNU AWK…, please?
Thank you! :^)
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.
Can the tag be changed to something like “unix” instead of “devops”?
Use the ‘suggest’ feature: https://lobste.rs/stories/xpgpdi/suggest
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.)