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Re: PSPP-BUG: DOS Linebreaks in Table Cells: Intentionally exported?

From: Ben Pfaff
Subject: Re: PSPP-BUG: DOS Linebreaks in Table Cells: Intentionally exported?
Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 08:51:49 -0700
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)

On Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 02:32:28PM +0000, M?ller, Andre wrote:
> I do have some datasets that have line breaks (DOS line endings) inside data 
> cells.
> Using linux, it does get exported like so:
> col1 <tab> "Something with ^M
> a line break within" <tab> col3

Do you mean that the output appears like this for CSV output?

> Thus, a line may actually be split up to multiple lines, the lines ending 
> with the carriage return as a leftover from dos
> CR-LF line breaks. (The CR is displayed as ^M).
> This is OKish, consistent, can be parsed and so on, but I decided not to 
> support multiline table cells.
> Really, all instances I look up are cut and paste catastrophes and not 
> meaningful content formatting.
> I could just cut them out and be done with it, 
> but I thought I'd rather inquire wether that behaviour is intentional or not. 
> So: Is the export of line endings from within table cells intended behaviour 
> or 
> should those rather be dropped by the pspp export?

If there is a line break in data, then it seems natural to me to include
that in the output.  That is what happens in the more presentation
oriented formats.  But adding a DOS line break in a file that otherwise
has Unix line breaks seems wrong to me, and pretty clearly a bug.  Would
you mind filing a report for that?

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