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C.4 Some Limitations of the Implementation

This following table describes limits of gawk on a Unix-like system (although it is variable even then). Other systems may have different limits.

Characters in a character class2^(number of bits per byte)
Length of input recordMAX_INT
Length of output recordUnlimited
Length of source lineUnlimited
Number of fields in a recordMAX_LONG
Number of file redirectionsUnlimited
Number of input records in one fileMAX_LONG
Number of input records totalMAX_LONG
Number of pipe redirectionsmin(number of processes per user, number of open files)
Numeric valuesDouble-precision floating point (if not using MPFR)
Size of a fieldMAX_INT
Size of a literal stringMAX_INT
Size of a printf stringMAX_INT