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How to parse CSV with double quote (") character in Crystal

Igor Alexandrov
Originally published at jetrockets.pro ・1 min read

We use microservice written in Crystal to parse large CSV files (about 1.5Gb). Some rows in these files may contain no closed " characters:

,Y,FEDERAL NATIONAL MORTGAGE ASSOCIATION "F,,

With Crystal default CSV parse settings this row and everything after it won't be parsed correctly because DEFAULT_QUOTE_CHAR constant is equal to ". Of course you can override quote_char param in CSV constructor with something that cannot be found in your document.

From my point of view the best is to use zero byte which is '\u0000' in Crystal.

csv = CSV.new(file, headers: true, strip: true, quote_char: '\u0000')
while csv.next
  # ... 
end

Hack!

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