Solved Remove Column from .Csv

April 2, 2015 at 09:55:33
Specs: Windows 7

I am trying to remove the Column from .CSV using Awk Command. Below is the input

Gopal,32,Tech Lead,"Ramnagar, Naintal"
Gaurav,24,"Linux Admin, Expert","Noda"

I want column 1,2,4 and i am using below mention command

awk -F, ' BEGIN { OFS="," }
print $1,$2,$4
}' new.csv > new-done.csv

but instead of getting Gaurav,24,Noda

i am getting

Gaurav,24, Expert"

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April 3, 2015 at 06:28:06
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In this line:

Gaurav,24,"Linux Admin, Expert","Noda"

You are expecting the 3rd field to be:

"Linux Admin,Expert"

This is a bad assumption as far as awk is concerned. awk assumes the comma inside the double quoted string is another field seperator. That's why you aren't getting your required solution.

I have seen a perl regular expression solution for solving this sort of problem, but I think it'll be difficult with awk.

I might be able to look at this over the weekend if you can wait that long for a solution.

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