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Use Delete Key as Delimiter

Posted on 2011-03-03
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I am trying to upload and parse a csv file.  I am told it is delimited by the DELETE key.

Each field is delimited by character 127, the delete character. Hold alt then type 0,1,2,7 in sequence will type the delete character or use "x7F" in most programming languages.

I have tried some of this and it isn't working.  Anyone have any suggestions on how to use the delete character as a delimiter?
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What have you tried? If it's ascii character 127, you should be able to use it as your loop delimiter

<cfloop list="#yourCSVContent#" delimiter="#chr(127)#" index="line">
    ....
</cfloop>
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More specifically, break it into lines as usual ie chr(10) / chr(13). Then break it into columns on the delete character ie chr(127)

<cfloop list="#theCSVContent#" delimiter="#chr(10)##chr(13)#" index="line">
    <!--- preserve missing fields --->
    <cfset columns = listToArray(line, chr(127), true)>
    ...
</cfloop>
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i wasn't trying this #chr(127)#, i was just doing 127 or chr(127) and it kept giving errors.  Thanks for the easy solution.  I am a dummy :)
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