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How do I format CSV output in CA Unicenter?

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A friend is asking me how to change the format of a CSV output file coming from CA Unicenter.  Does anyone know how to do this?

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David
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by:moorhouselondon
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By its' very nature CSV output is unformatted apart from that which characterizes CSV output i.e., commas and (sometimes) inverted commas.  There are three ways to change this:-

(1) Get Unicenter to output it in a different format.

(2) Use a program such as Excel or OpenOffice Calc to reformat it, possibly using startup macros to hide the formatting procedure from the end user.  

(3) I frequently write bespoke "front-end" programs which do precisely this using a compiled program language (I use Delphi) - which method is less susceptible to being broken by ad hoc amendments, and enabling far more rigorous validity checks to be made on the data parsed from the CSV.
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by:David DuPre
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Option one that you listed is exactly what I am asking.
" (1) Get Unicenter to output it in a different format."
     How is this done?

Also, to clarify the question more, is there a way to change what Unicenter reports in the CSV file?

Maybe change the format was the wrong question, what I should have said was "Adjust what is reported in the CSV output?"

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Davids
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Is this the sort of thing you are after:-

http://investor.ca.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=316268
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