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Reporting Problems and Bugs

   If you have problems with `gawk' or think that you have found a bug,
please report it to the developers; we cannot promise to do anything
but we might well want to fix it.

   Before reporting a bug, make sure you have actually found a real bug.
Carefully reread the documentation and see if it really says you can do
what you're trying to do.  If it's not clear whether you should be able
to do something or not, report that too; it's a bug in the

   Before reporting a bug or trying to fix it yourself, try to isolate
it to the smallest possible `awk' program and input data file that
reproduces the problem.  Then send us the program and data file, some
idea of what kind of Unix system you're using, and the exact results
`gawk' gave you.  Also say what you expected to occur; this will help
us decide whether the problem was really in the documentation.

   Once you have a precise problem, send e-mail to (Internet)
`bug-gnu-utils@prep.ai.mit.edu' or (UUCP)
`mit-eddie!prep.ai.mit.edu!bug-gnu-utils'.  Please include the version
number of `gawk' you are using.  You can get this information with the
command `gawk -W version '{}' /dev/null'.  You should send carbon
copies of your mail to David Trueman at `david@cs.dal.ca', and to
Arnold Robbins, who can be reached at `arnold@skeeve.atl.ga.us'.  David
is most likely to fix code problems, while Arnold is most likely to fix
documentation problems.

   Non-bug suggestions are always welcome as well.  If you have
questions about things that are unclear in the documentation or are
just obscure features, ask Arnold Robbins; he will try to help you out,
although he may not have the time to fix the problem.  You can send him
electronic mail at the Internet address above.

   If you find bugs in one of the non-Unix ports of `gawk', please send
an electronic mail message to the person who maintains that port.  They
are listed below, and also in the `README' file in the `gawk'
distribution.  Information in the `README' file should be considered
authoritative if it conflicts with this manual.

   The people maintaining the non-Unix ports of `gawk' are:

     The port to MS-DOS is maintained by Scott Deifik.  His electronic
     mail address is `scottd@amgen.com'.

     The port to VAX VMS is maintained by Pat Rankin.  His electronic
     mail address is `rankin@eql.caltech.edu'.

Atari ST
     The port to the Atari ST is maintained by Michal Jaegermann.  His
     electronic mail address is `ntomczak@vm.ucs.ualberta.ca'.

   If your bug is also reproducible under Unix, please send copies of
your report to the general GNU bug list, as well as to Arnold Robbins
and David Trueman, at the addresses listed above.