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That is awesome, however, sometimes I feel like we have taken AWK a little too far or as a teammate would say probably not far enough yet

This is a Golang POSIX AWK variant

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A POSIX-compliant AWK interpreter written in Go

GoAWK: an AWK interpreter written in Go

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AWK is a fascinating text-processing language, and somehow after reading the delightfully-terse The AWK Programming Language I was inspired to write an interpreter for it in Go. So here it is, feature-complete and tested against "the one true AWK" test suite.

Read more about how GoAWK works and performs here.

Basic usage

To use the command-line version, simply use go install to install it, and then run it using goawk (assuming $GOPATH/bin is in your PATH):

$ go install
$ goawk 'BEGIN { print "foo", 42 }'
foo 42
$ echo 1 2 3 | goawk '{ print $1 + $3 }'
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