Matthew Rosewarne on 9 Sep 2008 16:31:17 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Ubuntu mawk instead of gawk

On Tuesday 09 September 2008, Stephen Gran wrote:
> Ubuntu has, as far as I know, generally made the decision that smaller,
> lighter implementations that are otherwise equivalent [0] are better.  I'm
> not sure that this is always the 'right' thing, but there is a certain
> sense to it.

Well, when it comes to dash/bash, it really does make a significant difference 
in speed, as /bin/sh is called extremely often.  I'm not so sure there's a 
performance case to be made for mawk, but I believe it's the version Debian 
uses by default too.

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