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Distribution: Slackware, (Non-Linux: Solaris 7,8,9; OSX; BeOS)
Read the awk man page, if it can be done it's in there. Normally I would be happy to help out, but without a real reason to use the wrong tool, I can't seem to find the time. ;) wc is perfect, but even Perl is a better tool to use than awk, for this.