Awk script to quote all parameters for a given function name.

I was trying to maintain a program that wrote 200+ lines to a single file, using a single repeated function call--many of which had all NULL parameters. There were also occasional loops involved. The data was position based, so NULL writes counted.

I was just trying to figure out:

  1. How many times a given function was called.
  2. At what position actual data occurred.

I created a stub function of the original offending function that logged to a file what # call this was and the data passed. Then I copied the offending functions' caller and substituted offending function calls using this script, which quotes all passed parameters (note: already quoted parameters would need a little more work):


BEGIN {
OFS=","
}
/repeated_function_name/{

for(i=1; i<=NF; i++)
{
if(i==1)
{
sub("[(]", "("", $i);
}
else
{
sub("^[ ]*",""", $i);
}
if(i==NF)
{
sub("[)]", "")", $i);
}
else
{
sub("[ ]*$", """, $i);
}
}

print $0
next;
}
{ print $0; }