SH-CSV(1)                                               SH-CSV(1)

     NAME
          csv, getcsv - parse ``comma-separated values''

     SYNOPSIS
          load csv

          getcsv command
          ${csv list}

     DESCRIPTION
          Csv is a loadable module for sh(1) that provides the facil-
          ity to parse and generate ``comma-separated value'' lists, a
          widely used data exchange format.  Data in this format is
          usually in the form of a table, each row of which contains
          one or more items, each separated by a comma (,).  Items
          that contain a comma or a newline are surrounded with
          double-quotes (").  A double-quote within an item is repre-
          sented by a pair of double-quotes.  Two primitives are pro-
          vided:

          getcsv    Getcsv works similiarly to getlines in sh-std(1).
                    It reads from the standard input, and for every
                    line read, invokes command with $line set to the
                    items found on that line (one element per item).
                    Getcsv recognises the usual loop break and
                    continue exceptions.

          ${csv}    Csv yields a single element containing all the
                    items in list, comma-separated and quoted as nec-
                    essary.

     SOURCE
          /appl/cmd/sh/csv.b

     SEE ALSO
          sh(1), sh-std(1)

     BUGS
          Empty lines are ambiguous: csv treats an empty line as con-
          taining a single, empty element; there is thus no way of
          representing an line containing no elements at all.