In May of 1997, Jürgen Kahrs felt the need for network access
awk, and, with a little help from me, set about adding
features to do this for
gawk. At that time, he
wrote the bulk of this web page.
The code and documentation were added to the
gawk 3.1 development
tree, and languished somewhat until I could finally get
down to some serious work on that version of
This finally happened in the middle of 2000.
Meantime, Jürgen wrote an article about the Internet special
files and ‘|&’ operator for Linux Journal, and made a
networking patch for the production versions of
available from his home page.
In August of 2000 (for
gawk 3.0.6), this patch
also made it to the main GNU
ftp distribution site.
For release with
gawk, I edited Jürgen’s prose
for English grammar and style, as he is not a native English
speaker. I also
rearranged the material somewhat for what I felt was a better order of
presentation, and (re)wrote some of the introductory material.
The majority of this document and the code are his work, and the
high quality and interesting ideas speak for themselves. It is my
hope that these features will be of significant value to the
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