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Illegal character CTRLCHAR code 27

by ultranerds (Hermit)
on May 03, 2010 at 09:02 UTC ( #838044=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

ultranerds has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:


I'm working on a perl script to insert records into a Solr (lucine) install. However, for some of the records I'm getting an error about a "code 27"

Request error : 400 Illegal character CTRLCHAR code 27  at rowcol unknownsource 1778 at /home/user/ line 164.

I've done a little searching on google, and it seems like a "code 27" is the "excape" charachter.

Is there a simple way of filtering out these "control" charachters, so this doesn't even happen again?

At the moment, I'm doing it with a regex + tr{}
$user->{$col} =~ s/\n+/\./sig;; $user->{$col} =~ tr{&[]A-Z?! +;,.()" '}{ aaaaaacceeeeeeeeiiiiiioooooouuuuuua-z __};

...but thats obviously not filtering out those "special charachters" :(

Any suggestions are much appreciated :)



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Re: Illegal character CTRLCHAR code 27
by moritz (Cardinal) on May 03, 2010 at 09:14 UTC

    You have 108 writeups here at perlmonks - you still don't know how to write a regex/substitution to remove a character from a string? Or if you don't remember how to do it, you don't know how to find the documentation that explains it?

    Then let me point you at and hope that you bookmark and/or remember the address.


      I know how to remove a charachter, but wasn't sure what to use for the control charachter (as I've never had to do that)

      This seems to do the trick though:

      $user->{$col} =~ tr/\000-\037/ /;


        I think you're not testing your code properly:
        $ perl -wE '$_="\01\02"; say length; tr/\000-\007//; say length' 2 2

        Nothing removed. (Update: But replaced, see Re^5: Illegal character CTRLCHAR code 27) Still you're on the right track. For deleting with tr///, you need a trailing /d:

        $ perl -wE '$_="\01\02"; say length; tr/\000-\007//d; say length' 2 0
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Re: Illegal character CTRLCHAR code 27
by CountZero (Bishop) on May 03, 2010 at 13:28 UTC
    You are adressing the symptoms but did you check where exactly those escapes were in your file / records? Perhaps there was a very good reason for them to be there?


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