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Old 09-06-2011
Find delimiter and double quote the field

I have a asterisk (*) delimited file and there are some fields which contain data having asterisk , now i want to double quote the fileds which contain data with asterisk
input file
in the 2nd record JOY has a asterisk value in data now i need to double quote that particular filed
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Thanks in advance

Last edited by radoulov; 09-06-2011 at 05:16 AM.. Reason: Code tags.
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Old 09-06-2011
On what basis, u are classifying the data with asteriks and asteriks as delimiter..
In the second record , this might also possible..
"2*J"*OY* .. pls clarify
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Old 09-06-2011
perl -pe 's/[^*]+\*/$&"/;s/\*[^*]+$/"$&/' file

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Old 09-06-2011
Hi Bartus11
thanks for your reply
but when i run your code it defaults all the rows in 2nd column with double quotes ,
but i need to double quote only those values which have delimiter (*) within the data

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Old 09-06-2011
perl -F"\*" -ape 's/[^*]+\*/$&"/&&s/\*[^*]+$/"$&/ if $#F>2' file

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Old 09-06-2011
Hi bartus11,
thanks for your new code,it works fine for the example given by me,
but i want to double quote every field which has extra delimiters
can you suggest something
# 7  
Old 09-06-2011
It's impossible for the general case. You should determine exactly the structure of your data and maybe then you can get a result.
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