"jr" <cre### [at] gmailcom> wrote:
> "Bald Eagle" <cre### [at] netscapenet> wrote:
> > ...
> > I truly do need to sit down and work with Emacs, Vim, awk, etc and figure out
> > how to do all the "word processing" tricks.
> if your after-tax earnings allow :-), there's O'Reilly's excellent 'sed & awk',
> by Dougherty & Robbins.
I once spent several months using gawk to process logs from the
Linux kernel on an embedded CPU board to find out what was causing
an intermittent problem with an Ethernet port while it was booting.
(The Ethernet port did not show up in about one of hundred boots.)
Some months later I started learning Python and found that it
provides much better text processing tools than awk (although
some of them are similar) and was much easier to use for such
So now I very much regret that I didn't look into Python earlier.
If I had not been so stubborn sticking to C, Pascal, Basic,
assembly and Excel, I would have saved a LOT of time in the past.
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