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4.5.5 Making The Full Line Be A Single Field

Occasionally, it’s useful to treat the whole input line as a single field. This can be done easily and portably simply by setting FS to "\n" (a newline).22

awk -F'\n' 'program' files …

When you do this, $1 is the same as $0.


Footnotes

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Thanks to Andrew Schorr for this tip.