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Re: [vox-tech] CSV with rogue EOLs
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Re: [vox-tech] CSV with rogue EOLs

On Thu, Oct 16, 2003 at 06:24:32PM -0700, Bill Kendrick wrote:
> Has anyone got a Perl or sed script handy that can take a CSV
> (comma-separated values) text file like this:
>   "1234","Hello","ABCD"
>   "1235","Hello
>   there","XYZ"
>   "1236","Goodbye","LLLL"
> and make it look like this:
>   "1234","Hello","ABCD"
>   "1235","Hello there","XYZ"
>   "1236","Goodbye","LLLL"
> e.g., wherever there are EOLs _within_ fields (between quotes), have it
> replace those with something (in my example above, just a space)

Let's see if this works. (Warning: use at own risk!)

        $line = $_;
        chomp $line;
        while (scalar($line =~ s/([^\\]")/$1/g ) % 2)
                $line .= <STDIN>;
                chomp $line;
        print "$line\n";

I tested this on the example you provided, and it seems to work. 
> I'm unfortunately dealing with Excel, and even it is too stupid to remember
> when its within a field, so you end up with a spreadsheet like this:
>   1234  | Hello   | ABCD
>   1235  | Hello   | [blank]
>   there | XYZ     | [blank]
>   1236  | Goodbye | LLLL
> I've dealt with this issue before, but it was years ago.  And I used C. ;^)
> Thx!
> -bill!
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