Another vote for cutting off the rotted end of the awning, provided the rest of it's in good shape.
I've done this, too- the part that's ruined is usually just the single wrap that's constantly exposed to the sun.
I managed to do it without taking the whole thing apart- I cut it away (canopy relaxed), removed the trash part, stitched in a spline sleeve and pushed that part into the channel.
THEN I pushed the holding spline through the sleeve in the channel, using a bit of graphite for lubrication.
The hardest part was making sure that the fabric was nice and square before stitching.
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" Not every mind that wanders is lost. " With apologies toJ.R.R. Tolkien
If the awning is more than 10 years old, that means it is dried/weather cracked. You can try to repair but it will continue to deteriorate and crack and seperate. It is always best to install new fabric on this type problem. Doug