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Mar 01: Michael Sanders demos an X-windows GUI for AWK.

Mar 01: Awk100#24: A. Lahm and E. de Rinaldis' patent search, in AWK

Feb 28: Tim Menzies asks this community to write an AWK cookbook.

Feb 28: Arnold Robbins announces a new debugger for GAWK.

Feb 28: Awk100#23: Premysl Janouch offers a IRC bot, In AWK

Feb 28: Updated: the AWK FAQ

Feb 28: Tim Menzies offers a tiny content management system, in Awk.

Jan 31: Comment system added to For example, see discussion bottom of ?keys2awk

Jan 31: Martin Cohen shows that Gawk can handle massively long strings (300 million characters).

Jan 31: The AWK FAQ is being updated. For comments/ corrections/ extensions, please mail

Jan 31: Martin Cohen finds Awk on the Android platform.

Jan 31: Aleksey Cheusov released a new version of runawk.

Jan 31: Hirofumi Saito contributes a candidate Awk mascot.

Jan 31: Michael Sanders shows how to quickly build an AWK GUI for windows.

Jan 31: Hyung-Hwan Chung offers QSE, an embeddable Awk Interpreter.

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categories: Who,Feb,2009,Admin

Credits is maintained by the international awk community. There are many ways you can contribute and get listed below.

categories: Who,Feb,2009,Jimh

Jimh= Jim Hart

Author of awk++.

Jim has been a Great Auk since Feb'09.

categories: Who,Feb,2009,Ronl

Ronl= Ronald Loui

2009: consultant, CycCorp.

categories: Who,Feb,2009,Timm

Timm= Tim Menzies

2009: assoc Prof, LCSEE, WVU email: web site:

Tim has been a Great Auk since Feb'09.

categories: Who,Feb,2009,EdM

Ed= Ed Morton

2009: frequent poster to comp.lang.awk

categories: Who,Jan,2009,Mikel

Mikel= Mike Langmann

From: Tim Menzies <>
Subject: auk images

I write to see if you would be gracious enough to grant us usage rights for your auk paintings to use on this site, in exchange for appropriate credit such as:

  • your name + links to your site on every page of this site;
  • a link with image that take our users to your site.

From: Mike Langman <>
Date: Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 2:55 AM
Subject: Re: auk images

I normally charge for the use of images but as there is no money involved please carry on using the images and include a link to my website as suggested.

Many thanks for asking.

- Mike

categories: Who,Feb,2009,ArnoldR

Arnoldr= Arnold Robbins

Arnold Robbins, an Atlanta native, is a professional programmer and technical author. e has worked with Unix systems since 1980, when he was introduced to a PDP-11 running a version of Sixth Edition Unix.

He has been a heavy AWK user since 1987, when he became involved with gawk, the GNU project's version of AWK. As a member of the POSIX 1003.2 balloting group, he helped shape the POSIX standard for AWK. He is currently the maintainer of gawk and its documentation.

Since late 1997, he and his family have been living happily in Israel.

categories: Who,Feb,2009,Steffen

Steffen= Steffen Schuler

2009: gnu utils developer and monitor of comp.lang.awk

categories: Who,Feb,2009,Admin

Great Auks:'s ringmasters

Some must lead, some must follow, and some have to fix the typos.

A Great Auk is someone with write permission to our repository. Since the source for this web site is stored in that repoistory, it also means that they are webmasters of this site. So they (try) to:

  1. keep the code and pages in a (somewhat) consistent form,
  2. encourage code documentation and test suites,
  3. watch comp.lang.awk for cool stuff to add to this site,
  4. write little demo programs,
  5. handle queries about this site,
  6. work the issue reports,
  7. etc.

If you want to be a Great Auk, please start contributing to this site using any of the usual methods. Once it is clear that you know what you are doing and that you play nice with others, then you should ask a current Great Auk to nominate you. Then, all the current Great Auks will vote about giving your write access.

The current Great Auks are

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