Gawk  is  the GNU Project's implementation of the AWK programming language.  It conforms to the definition  of  the language  in  the POSIX 1003.2 Command Language And Utilities Standard.  This version  in  turn  is  based  on  the description  in  The  AWK  Programming  Language,  by Aho, Kernighan, and Weinberger, with  the  additional  features found in the System V Release 4 version of UNIX awk.  Gawk also provides more recent Bell Labs  awk  extensions,  and some GNU-specific extensions.  

An  AWK  program  consists of a sequence of pattern-action statements and optional function definitions. Besides the awk program, the user also specifies one or more input (text) files. The input files will be read line by line, and the action part of the matching patterns will be executed. 

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