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GNU-Friends: Interview with Arnold Robbins

Mar 16, 2002, 03:08 (0 Talkback[s])

"You're most known for hacking gawk, but you've also been involved in some other utilities that many people might not be aware of. For example, you've been involved in some parts of fileutils, shellutils and you've also contributed some string and memory functions (strchr, memset, memcpy and so on). The question is of course, what makes someone get involved at such an early stage of development? What was the incentive to get involved?

"I'd been part of the USENET community since the early '80s, where writing and sharing code was a significant thing to do, before the GNU project really got started (or, at least, became well known).

"In 1987 I picked up a copy of the original book on awk, and got interested in the language. But "new" awk was not widely available, so I thought I'd see if the FSF had a version, and if I could get involved in upgrading it to the features of new awk..."

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