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5.7 Special File Names in gawk

gawk provides a number of special file names that it interprets internally. These file names provide access to standard file descriptors, process-related information, and TCP/IP networking.

5.7.1 Special Files for Standard Descriptors  Special files for I/O.
5.7.2 Special Files for Process-Related Information  Special files for process information.
5.7.3 Special Files for Network Communications  Special files for network communications.
5.7.4 Special File Name Caveats  Things to watch out for.

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