awk - pattern-directed scanning and processing language
awk [ -F fs ] [ [-v] var=value ] [ 'prog' | -f~ progfile ] [ file ... ]
This version of the standard awk utility is nothing more than a wrapper that massages its arguments and calls the a2p translator to do the real conversion into Perl, which is then compiled and executed.
A. V. Aho, B. W. Kernighan, P. J. Weinberger, The AWK Programming Language, Addison-Wesley, 1988. ISBN 0-201-07981-X
The One True Awk can be found at Brian Kernighan's http://cm.bell-labs.com/cm/cs/awkbook/index.html page.
a2p does not attempt to translate the myriad splinter versions of awk, nor follow the arguments there to.
This manpage should probably include the entire awk manpage, and perhaps that of a2p as well.
It is not clear that a2p has tracked Brian's work in the last few years.
This front-end written by Tom Christiansen, firstname.lastname@example.org. The a2p translator was written by Larry Wall, email@example.com, author of Perl.
This program is copyright (c) Tom Christiansen 1999.
This program is free and open software. You may use, modify, distribute, and sell this program (and any modified variants) in any way you wish, provided you do not restrict others from doing the same.