tablify


SYNOPSIS
         tablify [options] file

       Options:

         -h|--help           Show help
         --no-headers        Assume first line is data, not headers
         --no-pager          Do not use $ENV{'PAGER'} even if defined
         --strip-quotes      Strip " or ' around fields
         -l|--list           List the fields in the file (for use with -f)
         -f|--fields=f1[,f2] Show only fields in comma-separated list;
                             when used in conjunction with "no-headers"
                             the list should be field numbers (starting at 1);
                             otherwise, should be field names
         -w|where=f<cmp>v    Apply the "cmp" Perl operator to restrict output
                             where field "f" matches the value "v";  acceptable
                             operators include ==, eq, >, >=, <=, and =~
         -v|--vertical       Show records vertically
         --limit=n           Limit to first "n" records
         --fs=x              Use "x" as the field separator
                             (default is tab "\t")
         --rs=x              Use "x" as the record separator
                             (default is newline "\n")
         --as-html           Create an HTML table instead of plain text

DESCRIPTION
       This script is essentially a quick way to parse a delimited text file
       and view it as a nice ASCII table.  By selecting only certain fields,
       employing a where clause to only select records where a field matches
       some value, and using the limit to only see some of the output, you
       almost have a mini-database front-end for a simple text file.

EXAMPLES
       Given a data file like this:

         name,rank,serial_no,is_living,age
         George,General,190293,0,64
         Dwight,General,908348,0,75
         Attila,Hun,,0,56
         Tojo,Emporor,,0,87
         Tommy,General,998110,1,54

       To find the fields you can reference, use the list option:

         $ tablify --fs ',' -l people.dat
         +-----------+-----------+
         | Field No. | Field     |
         +-----------+-----------+
         | 1         | name      |
         | 2         | rank      |
         | 3         | serial_no |
         | 4         | is_living |
         | 5         | age       |
         | Tommy  | 998110    |
         +--------+-----------+
         5 records returned

       To extract the first through third fields and the fifth field (where
       field numbers start at "1" -- tip: use the list option to quickly
       determine field numbers), use this syntax for fields:

         $ tablify --fs ',' -f 1-3,5 people.dat
         +--------+---------+-----------+------+
         | name   | rank    | serial_no | age  |
         +--------+---------+-----------+------+
         | George | General | 190293    | 64   |
         | Dwight | General | 908348    | 75   |
         | Attila | Hun     |           | 56   |
         | Tojo   | Emporor |           | 87   |
         | Tommy  | General | 998110    | 54   |
         +--------+---------+-----------+------+
         5 records returned

       To select only the ones with six serial numbers, use a where clause:

         $ tablify --fs ',' -w 'serial_no=~/^\d{6}$/' people.dat
         +--------+---------+-----------+-----------+------+
         | name   | rank    | serial_no | is_living | age  |
         +--------+---------+-----------+-----------+------+
         | George | General | 190293    | 0         | 64   |
         | Dwight | General | 908348    | 0         | 75   |
         | Tommy  | General | 998110    | 1         | 54   |
         +--------+---------+-----------+-----------+------+
         3 records returned

       To find Dwight's record, you would do this:

         $ tablify --fs ',' -w 'name eq "Dwight"' people.dat
         +--------+---------+-----------+-----------+------+
         | name   | rank    | serial_no | is_living | age  |
         +--------+---------+-----------+-----------+------+
         | Dwight | General | 908348    | 0         | 75   |
         +--------+---------+-----------+-----------+------+
         1 record returned

       To find the name of all the people with a serial number who are living:

         $ tablify --fs ',' -f name -w 'is_living==1' -w 'serial_no>0' people.dat
         +-------+
         | name  |
         +-------+
         | Tommy |
         +-------+
         1 record returned

       To filter outside of program and simply format the results, use "-" as
       the last argument to force reading of STDIN (and probably assume no
       When dealing with data lacking field names, you can specify "no-
       headers" and then refer to fields by number (starting at one), e.g.:

         $ tail -5 people.dat | tablify --fs ',' --no-headers -w '3 eq "General"' -
         +--------+---------+--------+--------+--------+
         | Field1 | Field2  | Field3 | Field4 | Field5 |
         +--------+---------+--------+--------+--------+
         | George | General | 190293 | 0      | 64     |
         | Dwight | General | 908348 | 0      | 75     |
         | Tommy  | General | 998110 | 1      | 54     |
         +--------+---------+--------+--------+--------+
         3 records returned

       If your file has many fields which are hard to see across the screen,
       consider using the vertical display with "-v" or "--vertical", e.g.:

         $ tablify --fs ',' -v --limit 1 people.dat
         ************ Record 1 ************
              name: George
              rank: General
         serial_no: 190293
         is_living: 0
              age : 64

         1 record returned

SEE ALSO
       o   Text::RecordParser

       o   Text::TabularDisplay

       o   DBD::CSV

           Although I don't DBD::CSV this module, the idea was much the
           inspiration for this.  I just didn't want to have to install DBI
           and DBD::CSV to get this kind of functionality.  I think my
           interface is simpler.

AUTHOR
       Ken Youens-Clark <kclark@cpan.org>.

LICENSE AND COPYRIGHT
       Copyright (C) 2006-10 Ken Youens-Clark.  All rights reserved.

       This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
       under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the
       Free Software Foundation; version 2.

       This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but
       WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
       MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the GNU
       General Public License for more details.
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