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Re: Re: Text::CSV

by Anonymous Monk
on Apr 03, 2001 at 03:32 UTC ( #69147=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Text::CSV
in thread Text::CSV

I had problems with both those modules when I tried them. The rules for escaping quotes and spaces within a CSV record are very clear, but the modules don't handle all the cases correctly. Every data file would die on some record.. that was legal, but which the modules wouldn't handle correctly. I ended up writing my own state-machine parser for CSV, first splitting the record into characters etc, just as I would do it in C.. it took me a couple of hours to code and test, but as I had already wasted many days messing with broken modules I considered it time well spent. -Ben M

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