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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 The gawkextlib Project.



A critical central data structure inside gawk.