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Escaping Line Returns in mysql query results

Posted on 2011-09-29
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I have a python script that is pulling data from a MySQL database.

Here is a snippet that I use to write the results of the query to file:

cursor = conn.cursor ()
cursor.execute(queryString)
rows = cursor.fetchall ()
for row in rows:
   for col in row:
      output.write("%s\t" % (col))
   output.write("\n")
output.close()

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My problem is that multiple fields in the query results are free form text and actually include line returns. Put another way there are multiple fields in the database table being queried that contain free form text including multiple lines and the line returns that come with them.

I need some insight on how I can keep those line returns confined to the one field when I write them to my .csv file and not  actually wrapping around to the next line.
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Question by:marcusj2
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by:mish33
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One (easy) way is to replace %s with %r which will give you all special character escaped.

Another way to replace(r"\n", "\\n").

Third way to enclose %s in quotes, as most csv dialects allows multi -line strings in quotes.
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Apparently line returns was not my problem!!

There were double quotes in the data returned from mysql that were altering grouping of the data. All I need to do was escape those double quotes...

I ended up making this simple change:
for row in rows:
   for col in row:
      output.write("\"%s\"\t" % (col))
   output.write("\n")
output.close()
cursor.close ()
conn.close ()

Works perfectly.
Thank you though.
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by:marcusj2
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Feels weird answering my own question.... ha
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