How to split a "comma separated string" that contains "comma separated substrings"

Hi,

I a comma separated string that contains “comma separated substrings”
like this:

str= ’ “hello ,there” ,how,are ,you, “I am , fine” ’

every substring that contains comma is in a " ".

I am trying to split str based on, so I should get something like:

“hello ,there”
how
are
you
“I am , fine”

tried many things like “split”, … didn’t work.

any idea how to do this.

Thank you

Paulo H. wrote in post #1141891:

Hi,

I a comma separated string that contains “comma separated substrings”
like this:

str= ’ “hello ,there” ,how,are ,you, “I am , fine” ’

every substring that contains comma is in a " ".

Here a first solution with split/gsub/map :

str= ’ “hello ,there” ,how,are ,you, “I am , fine” ’

i,h=0,{}
res=str.strip.gsub(/".?"/) { |m|
i+=1
mark=“ABC123-#{i}-321CBA”
h[mark]=m
mark
}.split(/\s
,\s*/).map { |e|
h.each {|k,v| e.gsub!(k,v)} ; e
}

puts res.join("|")
“hello ,there”|how|are|you|“I am , fine”

Paulo H. wrote in post #1141891:

Hi,

And this one with StringScanner :

require ‘strscan’

str= ’ “hello ,there” ,how,are ,you, “I am , fine” ’

scanner= StringScanner.new(str.strip)
out=[]
loop {
w=scanner.scan(/.?("|,)/)
break unless w
out << w[0…-2].strip
if w[-1]==’"’
out << scanner.scan(/.
?(?=")/)
scanner.scan(/.\s*/)
end
break if scanner.empty?
}
puts out.join("|")

|hello ,there||how|are|you||I am , fine

your csv isa bit malformed right?

require “csv”
CSV.parse_line(’“hello ,there”,how,are,you,“I am , fine”’)
#=> [“hello ,there”, “how”, “are”, “you”, “I am , fine”]

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