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2.2 Data Files for the Examples

Many of the examples in this Web page take their input from two sample data files. The first, `BBS-list', represents a list of computer bulletin board systems together with information about those systems. The second data file, called `inventory-shipped', contains information about monthly shipments. In both files, each line is considered to be one record.

In the data file `BBS-list', each record contains the name of a computer bulletin board, its phone number, the board's baud rate(s), and a code for the number of hours it is operational. An `A' in the last column means the board operates 24 hours a day. A `B' in the last column means the board only operates on evening and weekend hours. A `C' means the board operates only on weekends:

 
aardvark     555-5553     1200/300          B
alpo-net     555-3412     2400/1200/300     A
barfly       555-7685     1200/300          A
bites        555-1675     2400/1200/300     A
camelot      555-0542     300               C
core         555-2912     1200/300          C
fooey        555-1234     2400/1200/300     B
foot         555-6699     1200/300          B
macfoo       555-6480     1200/300          A
sdace        555-3430     2400/1200/300     A
sabafoo      555-2127     1200/300          C

The data file `inventory-shipped' represents information about shipments during the year. Each record contains the month, the number of green crates shipped, the number of red boxes shipped, the number of orange bags shipped, and the number of blue packages shipped, respectively. There are 16 entries, covering the 12 months of last year and the first four months of the current year.

 
Jan  13  25  15 115
Feb  15  32  24 226
Mar  15  24  34 228
Apr  31  52  63 420
May  16  34  29 208
Jun  31  42  75 492
Jul  24  34  67 436
Aug  15  34  47 316
Sep  13  55  37 277
Oct  29  54  68 525
Nov  20  87  82 577
Dec  17  35  61 401

Jan  21  36  64 620
Feb  26  58  80 652
Mar  24  75  70 495
Apr  21  70  74 514

If you are reading this in GNU Emacs using Info, you can copy the regions of text showing these sample files into your own test files. This way you can try out the examples shown in the remainder of this document. You do this by using the command M-x write-region to copy text from the Info file into a file for use with awk (See section `Miscellaneous File Operations' in GNU Emacs Manual, for more information). Using this information, create your own `BBS-list' and `inventory-shipped' files and practice what you learn in this Web page.

If you are using the stand-alone version of Info, see Extracting Programs from Texinfo Source Files, for an awk program that extracts these data files from `gawk.texi', the Texinfo source file for this Info file.


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