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Reporting Problems and Bugs

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If you have problems with gawk or think that you have found a bug, please report it to the developers; we cannot promise to do anything but we might well want to fix it.

Before reporting a bug, make sure you have actually found a real bug. Carefully reread the documentation and see if it really says you can do what you're trying to do. If it's not clear whether you should be able to do something or not, report that too; it's a bug in the documentation!

Before reporting a bug or trying to fix it yourself, try to isolate it to the smallest possible awk program and input data file that reproduces the problem. Then send us the program and data file, some idea of what kind of Unix system you're using, and the exact results gawk gave you. Also say what you expected to occur; this will help us decide whether the problem was really in the documentation.

Once you have a precise problem, there are two e-mail addresses you can send mail to.

`[email protected]'

Please include the version number of gawk you are using. You can get this information with the command `gawk --version'. You should send a carbon copy of your mail to Arnold Robbins, who can be reached at `[email protected]'.

Important! Do not try to report bugs in gawk by posting to the Usenet/Internet newsgroup comp.lang.awk. While the gawk developers do occasionally read this newsgroup, there is no guarantee that we will see your posting. The steps described above are the official, recognized ways for reporting bugs.

Non-bug suggestions are always welcome as well. If you have questions about things that are unclear in the documentation or are just obscure features, ask Arnold Robbins; he will try to help you out, although he may not have the time to fix the problem. You can send him electronic mail at the Internet address above.

If you find bugs in one of the non-Unix ports of gawk, please send an electronic mail message to the person who maintains that port. They are listed below, and also in the `README' file in the gawk distribution. Information in the `README' file should be considered authoritative if it conflicts with this book.

The people maintaining the non-Unix ports of gawk are:

Scott Deifik, `[email protected]', and Darrel Hankerson, `[email protected]'.
Kai Uwe Rommel, `[email protected]'.
Pat Rankin, `[email protected]'.
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Michal Jaegermann, `[email protected]'.
Fred Fish, `[email protected]'.

If your bug is also reproducible under Unix, please send copies of your report to the general GNU bug list, as well as to Arnold Robbins, at the addresses listed above.

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