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Catmandu::Importer::Text - Package that imports textual data

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Catmandu::Importer::Text - Package that imports textual data


    # From the command line
    # separate fields by whitespace sequences just like awk
    catmandu convert Text --split '\s+'
    # import all lines starting with '#', omitting this character
    catmandu convert Text --pattern '^#(.*)'
    # In a Perl script
    use Catmandu;
    my $importer = Catmandu->importer('Text' , file => "/foo/bar.txt" );
    # print all lines with line number
    $importer->each(sub {
        my $item = $_[0];
        printf "%d: %s" , $item->{_id} , $item->{text};


This package reads textual input line by line. Each line is imported as item with line number in field "_id" and text content in field "text". Line separators are not included. Lines can further be split by character or pattern and a regular expression can be specified to only import selected lines and to translate pattern groups to fields.


Read input from a local file given by its path. Alternatively a scalar reference can be passed to read from a string.
Read input from an IO::Handle. If not specified, Catmandu::Util::io is used to create the input stream from the "file" argument or by using STDIN.
Binmode of the input stream "fh". Set to ":utf8" by default.
An ARRAY of one or more fixes or file scripts to be applied to imported items.
Single Character or regular expression (as string with a least two characters), to split each line. Resulting parts are imported in field "text" as array.
Regular expression, given as string, to only import matching lines. Whitespaces in patterns are ignored or must be escaped if patterns consists of multiple lines. If the pattern contains capturing groups, captured values are imported in field "match" instead of "text".
For instance dates in "YYYY-MM-DD" format can be imported as named fields with
or as array with
   (\d\d\d\d)-  # year
   (\d\d)-      # month
   (\d\d)       # day


Every Catmandu::Importer is a Catmandu::Iterable with all its methods inherited.


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