Updated gawk packages that fix one bug are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.
The gawk packages provide the GNU version of the text processing utility awk. Awk interprets a special-purpose programming language to do quick and easy text pattern matching and reformatting jobs.
Prior to this update, the "re_string_skip_chars" function incorrectly used the character count instead of the raw length to estimate the string length. As a consequence, any text in multi-byte encoding that did not use the UTF-8 format failed to be processed correctly. This update modifies the underlying code so that the correct string length is used. multi-byte encoding is processed correctly.
All users of gawk requiring multi-byte encodings that do not use UTF-8 are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which fix this bug.