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Re: Command line assistance for awk functions

From: Greg Wooledge
Subject: Re: Command line assistance for awk functions
Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2023 09:12:04 -0500

On Wed, Mar 08, 2023 at 08:56:01AM -0500, Roger wrote:
> > On Wed, Mar 08, 2023 at 11:45:22AM +0000, goncholden via wrote:
> >It looks as if it is impossible to be able to print help documentation for 
> >awk functions directly on the command line.
> >
> >The only possibility is to construct a bash function that I can run on the 
> >command line.
> >
> >Anything I could try about this ?
> Commands using -h/--help have always printed sparse priority information 
> only, 
> or however the author intended.
> Command man (manual) files contain more detailed information.  The gawk 
> implementation documents functions within manual files.

I'm really unclear on what the OP is asking for.  It *sounds* like they
want some awk equivalent of "perldoc -f".  Awk does not have such a
feature.  It has a manual ("man awk"), and that's the full documentation
for it.

The GNU implementation of awk may have additional documentation elsewhere.
GNU projects tend to do that.  So, if you're specifically looking for
information about the gawk extensions, they may be in a man page, or an
info page, or elsewhere.

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