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Special File Name Caveats

Here is a list of things to bear in mind when using the special file names that gawk provides:


  1. Older versions of gawk would interpret these names internally only if the system did not actually have a /dev/fd directory or any of the other special files listed earlier. Usually this didn't make a difference, but sometimes it did; thus, it was decided to make gawk's behavior consistent on all systems and to have it always interpret the special file names itself.