Re: How can I use unqualified names? (Possibly hard or impossible?)

James Kanze <>
Mon, 27 Jul 2009 01:54:08 -0700 (PDT)
On Jul 26, 5:14 pm, Jerry Coffin <> wrote:

In article <c0805f61-3f00-4730-92b0->,

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BTW: What is the Windows equivalent of AWK? There must be
one, or do all Windows programmers have CygWin or something
similar installed?

Nah -- various versions of AWK have been compiled natively for
Windows (and even MS-DOS) for years.

I know that. I was using a Unix-like tool kit under MS-DOS in
the late 1908's. But I'm hardly a typical Windows user; I was
wondering what typical Windows developers use.

One project that has ported a reasonable number of the major
GNU utilities to Windows (native, not Cygwin) is at:

This includes both gawk and m4, either of which would be quite
adequate for jobs like this.

Yes. I mentioned CygWin more as a placeholder for any Unix-like
tool kit, rather than with the idea of CygWin, and only CygWin.
I'm aware of at least three others: UWin, MSys and MKS (the
latter commercial, and rather expensive---although it wasn't too
expensive in the MS-DOS days), and I don't doubt that there are
others. (I'm still looking for one which integrates well,
however. Most of them seem to go out of their way to make it
difficult to use tools other than those in the toolset. And if
I'm running Windows, and not Linux, on a machine, it's because I
want to use the Windows tools when appropriate.)

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