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gawk-3.0.0 now available (ELF only)

I have been evaluating the relative merits of mawk and gawk (both of
which have just been updated by their upstream maintainers).  My
analysis indicates that mawk's advantages make it the better choice to
include in the base section.  Mawk is fully Posix complient, is faster
than gawk, and its binary package is smaller too (/usr/bin/mawk binary
is some 45k smaller than /usr/bin/gawk and gawk-3.0.0-1.deb is 328422
bytes while mawk-1.2.2-1.deb is only 64608 bytes).  However, gawk has
some nice non-standard extensions.  So it too should be included in
Debian, but I recommend placing it in the devel section.  Note:  I have
prepared the packages so that if you install both mawk and gawk,
/usr/bin/awk will be a symbolic link to mawk via the
update-alternatives mechanism.

I have uploaded mawk-1.2.2-1 and gawk-3.0.0-1 to
ftp://ftp.netaxs.com/people/cjf/debian and to ftp.debian.org.

I have begun a thread in comp.lang.awk exploring the various
differences between mawk and gawk.  The thread begins with analysis of
some tests that I ran on mawk and gawk.

Date: 29 Jan 96 04:31 UT
Source: gawk
Binary: gawk 
Version: 3.0.0-1
 gawk: GNU awk, a pattern scanning and processing language
Priority: Low
 -rw-r--r--   1 root     root       663147 Jan 28 23:18 gawk-3.0.0-1.tar.gz
 -rw-r--r--   1 root     root         3232 Jan 28 23:19 gawk-3.0.0-1.diff.gz
 -rw-r--r--   1 root     root       328429 Jan 28 23:18 gawk-3.0.0-1.deb
 c3f4237a1fd249ad72cf1c7aa4075d0f  gawk-3.0.0-1.tar.gz
 aa2ebf911fd83b64a1dd23a6ea137c0c  gawk-3.0.0-1.diff.gz
 58163b0c4a9d848c56948fe95d65f152  gawk-3.0.0-1.deb

Christopher J. Fearnley            |    UNIX SIG Leader at PACS
cjf@netaxs.com                     |    (Philadelphia Area Computer Society)
http://www.netaxs.com/~cjf         |    Design Science Revolutionary
ftp://ftp.netaxs.com/people/cjf    |    Explorer in Universe
"Dare to be Naive" -- Bucky Fuller |    Linux Advocate

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