Re: [mu TECH] wc : faster, more gnarly

From: Michele Andreoli (
Date: Tue Mar 21 2000 - 11:52:21 CET

On Mon, Mar 20, 2000 at 09:25:39PM -0500, Alfie Costa nicely wrote:
> ...because the 'ls -Uo *' output is on multiple lines, which 'awk' is happy
> with, but which 'set' doesn't like. With a single line of input, they both do
> the same thing, (which is confusing, maybe I should write better comments), but
> for multiple lines, 'set' and 'awk' are different.

A pure ash solution is:

ls -Uo * |
while read x1 x2 x3 x4
echo $x4

This save a further fork calling awk.


I'd like to conclude with a positive statement, but I can't 
remember any. Would two negative ones do?       -- Woody Allen
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