The Differences Between Grep, sed, and AWK Grep, sed, and AWK are all standard Linux tools that are able to process text.
AWK, named after the developers Aho, Weinberger, and Kernighan, is ideal for finding data in text files.
What is AWK? AWK is a Turing-complete pattern matching programming language. The name AWK is derived from the family names of its three authors: Alfred Aho, Peter Weinberger and Brian Kernighan.
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