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Re: [gawk] Test return value of awk statement

From: Dan Henry
Subject: Re: [gawk] Test return value of awk statement
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2009 18:02:57 -0700

On Sat, 24 Jan 2009 19:48:06 -0500, Chris Jones <>

>I'm trying to figure out how I can test the return value of a printf
>statement in an awk script.
>printf "format", variable
>if (condition==bad) {exit 1}               # if printf failed, exit
>I have been unable to find what the "condition" in the pseudo-awk above
>might be.

Why would it fail?  stdout closed?  Anyway, I can't answer
definitively, but am interested and thus I suggest you ask on
comp.lang.awk also.

Dan Henry

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