systemd (Was Re: tmpfs for strategic directories)

Paul Jakma paul at
Fri Jun 11 09:46:04 UTC 2010

On Wed, 26 May 2010, Bastien Nocera wrote:

> Not very long multiplied by cold caches, and memory allocations and
> frees, etc. The problem isn't that awk is launched, is that it's
> launched a 100 times along with grep, cut, whatever kind of sticks and
> strings you can get in shell text processing.

Quite often this is simply bad use of tools. Often large parts of the 
shell script around the AWK use could have been easily done /within/ 
the AWK script. Indeed, I'm sure have seen boot systems that were 
done as AWK scripts. ;)

AWK is a relatively capable line/string/stream processing programming 
language, it's quite sad so many don't realise this and only use it 
to print fields by number.

Paul Jakma	paul at	Key ID: 64A2FF6A
In every non-trivial program there is at least one bug.

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