[Firewall] Gawk... strictly required?

Arno van Amersfoort arnova at rocky.eld.leidenuniv.nl
Wed Mar 11 11:06:00 CET 2009

You're right: we don't really need gawk. We could even only use cut as 
it can also do column selection etc. The only reason we need gawk is for 
fwfilter as it uses some gawk-specific stuff. I've removed the gawk 
dependency and changed it into just awk.


Philip A. Prindeville wrote:
> I just installed and ran 1.9.0c nightly build with Astlinux trunk (0.7
> precursor), and it failed to start because gawk was missing.
> I'm not sure that we're leveraging enough gawk-specific things to make
> the firewall be that closely tied to gawk.
> I remember trying to use ${foo:2:} to get substrings of $foo and was
> told "that's too bash-specific", and changes have been made to have the
> firewall run in a dash-only environment... so it seems like an odd
> reversal of policy to be limited to gawk for no compelling reason.
> Can we undo the dependency on gawk?
> Thanks,
> -Philip
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