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Are there versions of Unix that don't have awk in default install? [Resolved]

Are there versions of Unix that don't have awk installed by default?

I am fine with an answer containing some really old outdated Unix variant which predates awk's creation; but would ideally prefer some specialist niche stripped down embedded modern one which excludes awk by design from core install.

(the impetus for asking: someone claimed that an SO answer using nothing but standard unix command line tools sans awk is useless, since every Unix has awk. I am pretty sure that last part is wrong, but don't recall any specific examples, just the fact that they exist).


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Asked June 24, 2019
Tags: awk
Posted Under: Unix Linux
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Solaris "small server" installations do not have a POSIX-compliant Awk available.

Technically this means they are not POSIX and not UNIX, but it's certainly possible that you will want to have your script work on these systems.

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Answered June 24, 2019
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