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16.8 The gawkextlib Project

The gawkextlib project provides a number of gawk extensions, including one for processing XML files. This is the evolution of the original xgawk (XML gawk) project.

As of this writing, there are seven extensions:

You can check out the code for the gawkextlib project using the Git distributed source code control system. The command is as follows:

git clone git:// gawkextlib-code

You will need to have the Expat XML parser library installed in order to build and use the XML extension.

In addition, you must have the GNU Autotools installed (Autoconf, Automake, Libtool, and GNU gettext).

The simple recipe for building and testing gawkextlib is as follows. First, build and install gawk:

cd .../path/to/gawk/code
./configure --prefix=/tmp/newgawk     Install in /tmp/newgawk for now
make && make check                    Build and check that all is OK
make install                          Install gawk

Next, go to to download gawkextlib and any extensions that you would like to build. The README file at that site explains how to build the code. If you installed gawk in a non-standard location, you will need to specify ./configure --with-gawk=/path/to/gawk to find it. You may need to use the sudo utility to install both gawk and gawkextlib, depending upon how your system works.

If you write an extension that you wish to share with other gawk users, consider doing so through the gawkextlib project. See the project’s website for more information.

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