mrc-converter-suite and handling carriage return/line feed

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mrc-converter-suite version (2020-04-22-1730)

I'm trying to import a description field into the "notes" section. The entry has some new line characters '\n', for example:

"First line of text.\nA new line of text."

I can't get this to display correctly after importing into 1Password.

I looked in the login-example.csv file, and in the example, it splits up the "Recovery Codes" with a real carriage return/new line, and mrc-converter-suite can handle this as well. This seems like a break from accepted CSV formats, doesn't it?

The generated 1P_import.1pif for the login-example.csv shows that it converts the carriage return and line feed into \r\n, but when the text itself contains '\n', it double escapes it '\\n'.

Is there a way to do this without printing the literal new line character into the generated CSV file?

1Password Version: 1Password 7 Version 7.5 (70500003)
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OS Version: OS X 10.14.6
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  • I posted a question here a few hours ago, regarding importing CSV into 1Password, and line feeds/carriage returns. I made an edit, and now the post I made is gone.

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  • ag_anaag_ana

    Team Member

    Hi @kamion!

    I think I managed to recover your post. Is this the one you were referring to?

  • Yes, @ag_ana . Thanks fo recovering my original post.

  • MrCMrC Community Moderator


    Can you help me better understand.

    The login login-example.csv is a Windows CRLF example, and it converts / imports correctly:

    When I convert that login-example.csv to Unix-style line endings, it also converts / imports correctly:

    You can see both platforms here:

    So, am I missing something?

  • Hi @MrC ,
    Instead of hex 0x0a and 0x0d, I have the representation \n for a new line.

    For your easy reference:

    Title,Login URL,Login Username,Login Password,Notes,Member Number,Recovery Codes
    GitLab,,wendycodes,SJcv;W*$S,"This item has a custom field recording 2FA recovery codes\nA new line",,"c584debad339c771\na9238ce3f9e96abc\n925b98f25ec7ec76\ndf32e0d015285b36"

    This gets converted to:

    See it becomes double escaped in the 1pif file?

    Finally, when it is imported into 1Password, it still shows the \n character.

  • MrCMrC Community Moderator

    @kamion ,

    Thanks for explaining.

    The two character sequence “\” followed by “n” is not the same as a newline character in a CSV file. Backslash is not an escape.

    Where did this sequence or CSV file come from?

  • @MrC

    It came from an export from a mySQL database.

    Yes, CSV shouldn't care about the \n, so it should just import it verbatim, but it doesn't, as it appends a double escape to it instead.

    If it had just ignored it and imported it verbatim, it will work fine as 1Password print will respect the \n.

    Can an option be added to your converter to so say "ignore \n\r in text fields"?


  • MrCMrC Community Moderator
    edited May 19

    @kamion ,

    It’s not the CSV import decoding that causes the doubling of the backslash, but the encoding into the 1PIF, which is JSON. A backslash must be escaped with another backslash. So, \n gets encoded as \\n. There is no way to know that the original source was meant to be a newline (as it was not properly encoded).

    1Password should be decoding this on import into a single backslash.

  • @MrC ,
    OK, at the end, I just did a search and replace on the 1PIF file.

    I had to put in a placeholder for the double quote " character, as that's not accepted by the CSV importer.

    I searched 1PIF file for double back slash \\ and replaced it with a single one \.

    Seems to have worked. Thanks for your time in looking at this and your help in explaining how it works.

  • BenBen AWS Team

    Team Member

    Hey @kamion. Thanks for the update here. I'm glad to hear you were able to find a solution. And thanks as always to @MrC for helping out. :)


  • MrCMrC Community Moderator
    edited May 19


    I had to put in a placeholder for the double quote " character, as that's not accepted by the CSV importer.

    A double quote in a CSV needs to be escaped by another double quote.

  • @MrC

    Yes, a "double double quote" works with the CSV importer.

    Anyway, this was that I was trying to do:

    I was tasked with extracting the whole Phabricator Passphrase database and importing it into 1Password.

    Clunky, but it seems to work. Thanks again for your help!

  • ag_anaag_ana

    Team Member

    On behalf of MrC, you are welcome @kamion!

    If you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out anytime.

    Have a wonderful day :)

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