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Re: igawk problem

On Fri, 13 Aug 2004, Hans Horn wrote:

>  Group,
> I have a rather lengthy awk script (that internally includes a bunch of awk
> library functions; therefore I'm using igawk).
> When I invoke it, e.g. like
> echo | igawk -f script.awk
> eval: gawk: argument list too long
> The script and the awk library functions together make up approx. 34kByte.
> Does anybody have a clue whether I'm running here into a hard shell limit,
> or some internal limit of gawk?

This looks like an upstream igawk portability bug -- the lines

	processed_program=`gawk -- "$expand_prog" /dev/stdin <<EOF

look like the culprit.  They should be using xargs instead...
This is a Win32 limit, and it has to do with the fact that gawk is invoked
using Win32 calls by default.  There are a few solutions, one of the
easiest being to "mount -X" your /bin and /usr/bin directories.  Or, you
can fix igawk to use xargs and submit your patch upstream... ;-)
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