[buug] to/from Excel, databases, etc.

johnd john at jjdev.com
Fri May 21 13:29:10 PDT 2004

have you looked at gnumeric? http://www.gnome.org/projects/gnumeric/
it is opensource and youcould see the way they do it

On Fri, May 21, 2004 at 06:42:33AM -0700, Michael Paoli wrote:
> Question came up at the BUUG meeting yesterday about getting data loaded
> into and extracted from Excel.
> Anyway, what I used to do once upon a time, for both some Excel and
> database stuff, was roughly something like this:
>         import/export to/from Excel or database using quote (")
> surrounded comma separated format (in some/many cases it was necessary
> to not have numeric data quoted).
>         for processing the data in UNIX, convert the field
> separator/delimiters to a single tab each, and convert end of record to
> a single newline each (then process as desired in UNIX with awk, sed,
> etc.)
> Along those lines, the "attached" file archive contains a few utilities
> I wrote that I'd typically use to aid in some of these functions.  The
> scripts are likely still relatively useful.  I'm not sure how
> useful/complete the C program is (the permissions I left on it make me
> think it may not have been completed or otherwise suitable for more
> general distribution).

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