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mawk-1.2.2-1 now available (ELF only)

[sorry for the repeat of the introductory paragraphs.]

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: mawk
Binary: mawk 
Version: 1.2.2-1
 mawk: a pattern scanning and text processing language
Priority: Low
 -rw-r--r--   1 root     root       192882 Jan 28 23:16 mawk-1.2.2-1.tar.gz
 -rw-r--r--   1 root     root         2813 Jan 28 23:16 mawk-1.2.2-1.diff.gz
 -rw-r--r--   1 root     root        64623 Jan 28 23:15 mawk-1.2.2-1.deb
 d3b0a237f4d3cd87219161c3851f56cb  mawk-1.2.2-1.tar.gz
 2bc82db968585a4e447e45cbf12d8ddd  mawk-1.2.2-1.diff.gz
 ae373211e86bf39e227071f8e069420f  mawk-1.2.2-1.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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