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Re^2: swapping PIPE for comma in CSV file

by Anonymous Monk
on Jun 26, 2007 at 15:44 UTC ( #623444=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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in thread swapping PIPE for comma in CSV file

A few people missed this (myself included). You have to split on a pair of double quotes or no quotes at all. There's the field with commas in it which you can't replace with a pipe so a simple regex or split/join won't work (at least without a massive regex on the split).
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Re^3: swapping PIPE for comma in CSV file
by girarde (Hermit) on Jun 26, 2007 at 16:59 UTC
    Right, but I'm splitting on the 'quote, comma, quote' pattern, so embedded commas sail through. You can split on a pattern, although join wants a string.
      But what about the quote-comma-numbers transition?
        Rats, I missed that. Time for an expression.
        Also time to verbally abuse the people who decided to provide a comma delimited file with commas in the data "occasionally". I usually ask for delimitation with backticks.

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