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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.
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
posting to the Usenet/Internet newsgroup
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
distribution. Information in the `README' file should be considered
authoritative if it conflicts with this book.
The people maintaining the non-Unix ports of
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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