rewinding awk 
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 rewinding awk


>If I'm sitting at line n of a file in a script through an awk call, is there
>a way to now read line n-1 of the file without starting back at the
>beginning?  I have the line number from NR and I'm hoping there is some way
>using sed or something else that I can now read previous lines of the file
>without starting from the beginning and wasting that time. mc

If you need to use the prior line, your awk script should have
saved it before doing the next line.

Using something like this as the last line in your script would
be one approach:


or using something like this:


would make either the prior line, or all read lines accessable.

The later, of course, uses more storage.

Basicly, you cannot backup, but you can store what you might need
as you go by.

Chuck Demas
Needham, Mass.

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Tue, 03 Apr 2001 03:00:00 GMT  
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