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Replace n Occurrence using Awk

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Input: peter peter tom
Output: peter chris tom

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I'd like to replace the 2nd occurrence of a string using awk.

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I know this can easily be done with sed, but I'm trying to learn awk.

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I tried this, but it's not working:

echo peter peter tom | awk '{ c++; if(c==2) { sub( "peter", "chris" ); c=0; print } }'

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Any help is appreciated.
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Question by:Neapolitan23
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Bill Prew earned 2000 total points
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Try this:

{ c = 0; for (i = 0; ++i <= NF;) { if( $i == "peter" ) { c++; if( c == 2 ) { $i = "chris" } } }; print $0 }

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~bp
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