Regex Help?

Charles Curley charlescurley at
Sat Oct 8 15:58:29 MDT 2011

On Sat, 8 Oct 2011 13:19:43 -0600
"S. Dale Morrey" <sdalemorrey at> 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.

I wonder what kinds of white space? For example, are the fields
delimited by tabs, so that the item description field can contain
spaces. If so, a simple split on \t would do you nicely.

Perl has an excellent CSV library, which would make exporting to CSV
very easy.


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