[CentOS] excel parser (preferably perl)?
lesmikesell at gmail.com
Tue Oct 19 11:17:32 EDT 2010
On 10/19/2010 9:34 AM, Todd Denniston wrote:
>> I'm getting tired of converting spreadsheets that someone else updates
>> to csv so my perl scripts can push the data into a mysql database. Is
>> there a better way? I haven't had much luck with
>> perl-Spreadsheet-ParseExcel (and find it odd that yum prefers the .32
>> version from epel over .57 from rpmforge anyway). Is the current CPAN
>> version better? Or the equivalent java tools? Or maybe a scripted
>> OpenOffice conversion would be possible.
>> Needs to deal with both xls and xlsx formats, the odd characters that
>> are confused with quotes even after csv conversion, numbers with $'s and
>> commas embedded, excel's date formatting nonsense, etc.
> Would it cause more headaches than it would solve, for you to hook the excel folks directly to the
> mysql db and have their changes take place immediately? Assuming a LAN environment here instead of
> 'the only connection is email'.
That's pretty much impossible in the near term anyway. The bulk of this
involves reconciling inventory data maintained by one set of people for
financial purposes in a database I don't control with some others used
for operational monitoring and management. For example, we need to be
able to report the current value of the set of equipment being used for
a particular purpose - where servers are being shuffled around for
different purposes all the time. I'm using ocsinventory-ng for
operational tracking because the agents keep it updated automatically
but it only handles computers and by itself doesn't deal with cost or
deprecation. New requirements keep popping up as we go and I don't find
out about them until someone sends me a spreadsheet with some new fields
and a request to add them to the db and populate them so they'll be
available in future reports.
> Could you do the sanity checking you currently do by using some db functions?
Maybe, but doing string operations in sql instead of using perl regexps
seems a little insane by itself.
> "MySQL Forums :: Microsoft Access :: Connecting MS Office, MS Excel, MS Access to MySQL using ODBC"
> * OK, I often come at problems from a different direction. *
Yeah, the inconvenient parts could probably be done in vbscript or
something on a windows box, pushing the results into the db through
odbc, but I thought this would be a common enough problem that
cross-platform tools would be available. I am using some java stuff on
the reporting side - maybe I should look there for conversion tools too.
lesmikesell at gmail.com
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