called ‘nawk’ in some Unix operating systems.’awk’ is a programming language created by Al Aho, Peter Weinberger and Brian Kernighan of Bell Laboratories (hence the name ‘awk’) and released with Unix Version 7 (circa 1978). The new version, ‘called ‘nawk’, was released c irca 1985.Usually done to either improve the perfomance of a shell script or to allow the script to perform something that the shell itself is not capable of, such as floating point arithmatic.
To add one or more ‘awk’ commands to a Unix or Linux shell script, using the newer version of ‘awk’,
I need to get a floating point answer to division in my new shell script, so I’m going to awkify it. I’m also going to use awk’s ‘while’ loop construct, and I’m working on a SUN Solaris 8 OS, so I’ll need to call the newer version of ‘awk’, called ‘nawk’. I’m actually going to nawkify it.