[chirp_users] New probably rheas of CSV

Bryan McWhirt bryan at kb9yen.com
Wed Sep 24 11:34:59 PDT 2014

I'm attaching the csv file I have. Hopefully the list isn't set up to 
strip attachments.

Bryan McWhirt
bryan at kb9yen.com

On 9/24/14, 2:13 PM, Tom Hayward wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 10:41 AM, Bryan McWhirt <bryan at kb9yen.com> wrote:
>> Ahh the pitfalls of using an archaic mailing list instead of a forum, no
>> ability to search old posts effectively.
> Google does a pretty good job indexing the mailing lists. I find their
> search engine works better than any forum search feature.
>> I'm having an issue with CSV import. It seems that Chirp is using it's
>> own interpretation.
>> 1. Open Office and Excel both save CSV in formats that can not be
>> imported which is not Chirps fault but I still have to deal with it. So,
>> is there a list of settings and character encoding that actually work
>> when saving from Open Office Calc?
>> 2. Chirp seems to break the RFC 4180 (
>> http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc4180 ) for CSV in that if you quote the
>> header fields it breaks. Does that need to be reported as a bug?
> Yes, this is a regression, sorry. Chirp uses signatures found in files
> to identify the file type. When I added support for reading CSV files
> generated by various programming software, I changed Chirp-style CSV
> to be identified with this logic:
> filename.endswith(".csv") and filedata.startswith("Location,")
> This is done on raw files, before any CSV parsing, so it doesn't catch
> CSV variations such as quoted fields or semicolon field separators. It
> literally only matches "Location,". It was done this way to make file
> type detection very fast. Report a bug and I'll see what I can do
> about increasing the scope of things that are detected as CSV files.
> http://chirp.danplanet.com/projects/chirp/repository/revisions/0a688afaca61/diff/chirp/generic_csv.py
>> This is what I'm doing that I cannot seem to get to work.  I have a Calc
>> document with the repeaters for the state of Indiana. I export a chirp
>> file to csv and open that in calc as explained here:
>> http://chirp.danplanet.com/issues/1251  Then I just copy and paste the
>> fields into the chirp csv file and save. I get the no channels found error.
> A sample of the CSV you're having trouble with would be helpful. It's
> hard to see the problem without seeing the problem.
> Tom KD7LXL
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