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Hi ,

I have data like below.

Detmolder Str. 515 33605 Bielefeld

Should be like this when seperated:

Detmolder Str. 515 , 33605 Bielefeld

So the format schould be:

ADDRESS ,ZIP CITY

So that it takes the address line in 1 column, and the zip + city in 1 column.

That way, if the address line looks like this now, where it has no zip-code, then it will just be the city in the second column.

Like this:

ADDRESS , CITY

Thanks
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by:ozo
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s/(\d+)\s+(\d+)/$1 , $2/
seems to work for your example, but I don't know if there may be other kinds of "ADDRESS" or other kinds of "ZIP CITY" for which another approach may be needed.
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by:Dan Craciun
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So how do you know if it has a zip-code?

Are all the cities one word or there can be composite (Frankfurt-am-Main) or multiple word (New York) cities?
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farzanj earned 500 total points
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This accommodates for ZIP both 5 digit and 9 digit ones and also the absence of it.

echo 'Detmolder Str. 515 33605 Bielefeld' | perl -ne '/(.*) (?:(\d{5}(?:-\d{4})\s+))?(\w+\s?\w*)/; print "$1, $2 $3"'

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by:wilcoxon
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What countries are included in the addresses?  Wondering since that will affect detection of zip (some (most?) countries don't use 5-digit postal codes).

Are all the addresses in the format <street> <house number> <zip (optional)> <city>?  As others have asked, can the city be multiple words (such as New York)?
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