csvformat

csvformat

TLDR

Convert to a tab-delimited file (TSV)

$ csvformat -T [data.csv]
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Convert delimiters to a custom character
$ csvformat -D "[custom_character]" [data.csv]
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Convert line endings to carriage return (^M) + line feed
$ csvformat -M "[\r\n]" [data.csv]
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Minimize use of quote characters
$ csvformat -U 0 [data.csv]
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Maximize use of quote characters
$ csvformat -U 1 [data.csv]
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DESCRIPTION

usage: csvformat [-h] [-d DELIMITER] [-t] [-q QUOTECHAR] [-u {0,1,2,3}] [-b]

[-p ESCAPECHAR] [-z FIELD_SIZE_LIMIT] [-e ENCODING] [-S] [-H] [-K SKIP_LINES] [-v] [-l] [--zero] [-V] [-D OUT_DELIMITER] [-T] [-Q OUT_QUOTECHAR] [-U {0,1,2,3}] [-B] [-P OUT_ESCAPECHAR] [-M OUT_LINETERMINATOR] [FILE]

Convert a CSV file to a custom output format.

positional arguments:

FILE

The CSV file to operate on. If omitted, will accept input as piped data via STDIN.

optional arguments:

-h, --help

show this help message and exit

-d DELIMITER, --delimiter DELIMITER

Delimiting character of the input CSV file.

-t, --tabs

Specify that the input CSV file is delimited with tabs. Overrides "-d".

-q QUOTECHAR, --quotechar QUOTECHAR

Character used to quote strings in the input CSV file.

-u {0,1,2,3}, --quoting {0,1,2,3}

Quoting style used in the input CSV file. 0 = Quote Minimal, 1 = Quote All, 2 = Quote Non-numeric, 3 = Quote None.

-b, --no-doublequote

Whether or not double quotes are doubled in the input CSV file.

-p ESCAPECHAR, --escapechar ESCAPECHAR

Character used to escape the delimiter if --quoting 3 ("Quote None") is specified and to escape the QUOTECHAR if --no-doublequote is specified.

-z FIELD_SIZE_LIMIT, --maxfieldsize FIELD_SIZE_LIMIT

Maximum length of a single field in the input CSV file.

-e ENCODING, --encoding ENCODING

Specify the encoding of the input CSV file.

-S, --skipinitialspace

Ignore whitespace immediately following the delimiter.

-H, --no-header-row

Specify that the input CSV file has no header row. Will create default headers (a,b,c,...).

-K SKIP_LINES, --skip-lines SKIP_LINES

Specify the number of initial lines to skip before the header row (e.g. comments, copyright notices, empty rows).

-v, --verbose

Print detailed tracebacks when errors occur.

-l, --linenumbers

Insert a column of line numbers at the front of the output. Useful when piping to grep or as a simple primary key.

--zero

When interpreting or displaying column numbers, use zero-based numbering instead of the default 1-based numbering.

-V, --version

Display version information and exit.

-D OUT_DELIMITER, --out-delimiter OUT_DELIMITER

Delimiting character of the output CSV file.

-T, --out-tabs

Specify that the output CSV file is delimited with tabs. Overrides "-D".

-Q OUT_QUOTECHAR, --out-quotechar OUT_QUOTECHAR

Character used to quote strings in the output CSV file.

-U {0,1,2,3}, --out-quoting {0,1,2,3}

Quoting style used in the output CSV file. 0 = Quote Minimal, 1 = Quote All, 2 = Quote Non-numeric, 3 = Quote None.

-B, --out-no-doublequote

Whether or not double quotes are doubled in the output CSV file.

-P OUT_ESCAPECHAR, --out-escapechar OUT_ESCAPECHAR

Character used to escape the delimiter in the output CSV file if --quoting 3 ("Quote None") is specified and to escape the QUOTECHAR if --no-doublequote is specified.

-M OUT_LINETERMINATOR, --out-lineterminator OUT_LINETERMINATOR

Character used to terminate lines in the output CSV file.

SEE ALSO

The full documentation for csvformat is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and csvformat programs are properly installed at your site, the command info csvformat should give you access to the complete manual.

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