Any separated values.


For all your separated value needs.

npm install sv

The optimist dependency is only required for command line use.

All tabular data must / will have column names on the first row.


index   name    time
1   chris   1:18
2   daniel  1:17
3   lewis   1:30
4   stephen 1:16
5   larry   1:32

And in node:

var sv = require('sv');
var parser = new sv.Parser();
parser.on('data', function(obj) {
  console.log('sprinter ->', obj);

var fs = require('fs');
var sprints = fs.createReadStream('sprints.csv', {encoding: 'utf8'});
var expenses = [
  {name: 'Tip'                },
  {name: 'Lunch', amount: 5.90},
  {name: 'Latte', amount: 3.15},
  {name: 'Paper', amount: 2.10},
  {name: 'Pens' , amount: 4.59},
  {               amount: 9.16}

var sv = require('sv');
var stringifier = new sv.Stringifier({peek: 2, missing: 'n/a'});
expenses.forEach(function(expense) {

// if you write set 'peek' to more rows than you have in your data,
// you'll need to call stringifier end so that they get flushed.
  • N.b.: If you pipe a buffer or (i.e., with a stringifier) into a parser, the parser will not receive any encoding. You must set the encoding on the parser in those cases.
  1. Infer column names from a list of objects.
  2. Convert from objects to csv / tsv plaintext.
    • Also allows writing arrays / strings directly.
  3. Write header automatically.
  1. Infer delimiter from input.
  2. Infer column names from first line of input.
  3. Handle universal newlines (\r, \r\n, or \n).
shopt -s globstar
for csv in ~/corpora/testsheets/**/*.csv; do
  file "$csv"
  echo "Tunneling through multiple 'sv' calls should be transparent."
  cat "$csv" | sv -j | wc -l
  cat "$csv" | sv | sv -j | wc -l
  • Decide how to encode a field like {id: 1, name: '"chris'}, when the delimiter is , and quotechar is ".
    • This is weird because it doesn't need quoting, but without, the quotechar marker will trigger an inside state, but there's no end quote.)

Also see the notes for more development comments.

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