Regex Help?

Wade Preston Shearer wadeshearer.lists at
Sat Oct 8 13:30:14 MDT 2011

On 8 Oct 2011, at 13:19, S. Dale Morrey wrote:

> Ok I'll admit it, I suck at regex.
> Unfortunately, I now have the task of importing a customers catalog
> price list into a database and I'm not sure where to begin.
> I really think a simple regex could convert the whole thing to a CSV
> and I could then import the CSV directly.
> Here is an example of what I'm looking at.
> Item Item Description Page # Retail Member Wholesale Pkg
> 12137 HOLIDAY PENGUIN FIGURINES 335 9.95 4.25 5.95 1 PR
> As you can see all the fields are separated by whitespace, but then
> again so are the individual words in the description.
> In some descriptions there may be commas and so description text would
> need to be quoted, in addition to having all the non-description
> whitespace replaced with commas.  The last 2 fields should be a number
> and a unit for instance 1 PR is 1 pair so 1,PR ought to be fine.
> Ideally,the output should look like this.
> 12137,"HOLIDAY PENGUIN FIGURINES",335,9.95,4.25,5.95,1,PR
> Where does one start with something like this?

Where is the price list currently located? A text file?

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