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The GNU Awk User's Guide

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14.1 Running the Example Programs

To run a given program, you would typically do something like this:

 
awk -f program -- options files

Here, program is the name of the awk program (such as `cut.awk'), options are any command-line options for the program that start with a `-', and files are the actual data files.

If your system supports the `#!' executable interpreter mechanism (see section Executable awk Programs), you can instead run your program directly:

 
cut.awk -c1-8 myfiles > results

If your awk is not gawk, you may instead need to use this:

 
cut.awk -- -c1-8 myfiles > results


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