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C.5.1 Problems With The Old Mechanism

The old extension mechanism had several problems:

Despite the drawbacks, the xgawk project developers forked gawk and developed several significant extensions. They also enhanced gawk’s facilities relating to file inclusion and shared object access.

A new API was desired for a long time, but only in 2012 did the gawk maintainer and the xgawk developers finally start working on it together. More information about the xgawk project is provided in gawkextlib.



A critical central data structure inside gawk.