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Old 09-02-2012
Java Need Help - comma inside double quote in comma separated csv,

Hello there,

I have a comma separated csv , and all the text field is wrapped by double quote. Issue is some text field contain comma as well inside double quote. so it is difficult to process.

Input in the csv file is ,

I need output like below,
1~234~"abc,12,gh"~"GH234TY"~34 (separator to be replaced by ~)

1,234,"abc|12|gh","GH234TY",34 (comma inside double quote to be replaced by |)

Note : Comma inside double quote can present in any column. It is not fixed that Comma inside double quote will present in 3rd column only.

I have created one script to do this. It is working fine but time consuming.

Can I get any special command like sed, which will directly give me this output.

Many Thanks

Last edited by radoulov; 09-03-2012 at 06:01 AM.. Reason: Subject line changed.
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Old 09-02-2012
awk -F\" 'BEGIN{OFS=FS;} {for(i=1;i<=NF;i=i+2){gsub(/,/,"|",$i);} print $0;}' input_file

Or if you want "~" as field seperator
awk -F\" 'BEGIN{OFS=FS;} {for(i=1;i<=NF;i=i+2){gsub(/,/,"~",$i);}}1' input_file

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Old 09-02-2012
@msabhi: solutions working fine, except that you need to start first soln's for loop at i=2 to produce what the OP requested.
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Old 09-03-2012
Hello there,

I tried both the command , but they are giving error .

1) awk -F\" 'BEGIN{OFS=FS;} {for(i=1;i<=NF;i=i+2){gsub(/,/,"|",$i);} print $0;}' RA_003.txt

awk: syntax error near line 1 
awk: illegal statement near line 1

2) awk -F\" 'BEGIN{OFS=FS;} {for(i=1;i<=NF;i=i+2){gsub(/,/,"~",$i);}}1' RA_003.txt

awk: syntax error near line 1 
awk: illegal statement near line 1
awk: syntax error near line 1 
awk: bailing out near line 1

Could you please help ?

Actually I am not able to rectify such big awk command in unix.

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Old 09-03-2012
use nawk instead of awk if you are in solaris.

Ranga Smilie
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Old 09-03-2012
awk -F"\"" '{for(i=1;i<=NF;i++) {if(NF%2){ gsub(",","~",$i) }};print}' OFS=\" filename

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awk 'BEGIN{ORS=RS="\""}NR%2{gsub(",","~")}{print}' filename

# 7  
Old 09-04-2012
Thanks a lot , :-), below two are working properly.

nawk -F\" 'BEGIN{OFS=FS;} {for(i=1;i<=NF;i=i+2){gsub(/,/,"|",$i);} print $0;}' inputfile

nawk -F\" 'BEGIN{OFS=FS;} {for(i=1;i<=NF;i=i+2){gsub(/,/,"~",$i);}}1' inputfile

Last edited by Franklin52; 09-05-2012 at 03:53 AM.. Reason: Please use code tags for data and code samples

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