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trailing commas at end of csv file

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I get trailing commas at the end of a .csv files when saving excels files with either libre office or excel2010.

I know the problem.

excel has something like a used range.

so if i have

column1  column2 column3

a1            xxx          yyy

a2            zzz

the saved csv is



 however i don't want the second comma in a2.

I googled at lot, but found no easy solution to this problem except writting a makro.

also this awk command is not working awk -F, '{sub(/ *$/,"");$0=$0 ","}1' OFS=,


Thanks and best regards Georg.

asked Nov 25, 2014 in Bioinformatics by mlynekg9 (120 points)
edited Nov 26, 2014 by mlynekg9

2 Answers

+1 vote
One-liner example to get rid of the trailing comma in UNIX:

echo "a2,zzz,," | sed -E 's/,$//'

will print a2,zzz,

Explanation: the s/ command of sed looks for a comma at the end of the line and replaces it with nothing.

If you don't want commata at the end at all, you may try:

echo "a2,zzz,," | sed -E 's/,+$//'

this will print a2,zzz

You can cat and pipe a CSV file to sed or give the filename as an argument. Cheers, AA
answered Dec 5, 2014 by aszodi (590 points)
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a small bash script will do the trick. (not sure if this is what you call a "makro").



for line in $(cat "$1"); do
    lastchar=${line: -1}
    while [ "$lastchar" == "," ]; do
        len=$(( ${#line}-1 ))    
        lastchar=${line: -1}
    echo "$line" >> "$2"
answered Dec 2, 2014 by cri (420 points)