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read_excel kwarg for `comment`? #18735

smsaladi opened this Issue Dec 11, 2017 · 3 comments


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smsaladi commented Dec 11, 2017

This is a feature request to add a comment kwarg to pandas.read_excel just like pandas.read_csv can accept a comment kwarg.

Sorry if this request should be placed somewhere else.

@smsaladi smsaladi changed the title from read_excel arg for `comment`? to read_excel kwarg for `comment`? Dec 11, 2017


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chris-b1 commented Dec 12, 2017

It turns out this works already, the comment kwarg gets passed down the generic parsing code, but isn't documented (or likely tested). A PR to flesh this out would be welcome

In [31]: df = pd.DataFrame({'a': ['1', '#2'], 'b': ['2', '3']})

In [32]: df.to_excel('tmp.xlsx', index=False)

In [33]: pd.read_excel('tmp.xlsx')
    a  b
0   1  2
1  #2  3

In [34]: pd.read_excel('tmp.xlsx', comment='#')
   a  b
0  1  2

@chris-b1 chris-b1 added this to the Next Major Release milestone Dec 12, 2017


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vertan commented Dec 12, 2017

I'd like to work on this!


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JanLauGe commented Dec 12, 2017

Hi @vertan, @chris-b1, I just submitted a PR referencing this, but I've only done the example for the docs. Perhaps there is more work to do here in terms of tests?

@jreback jreback modified the milestones: Next Major Release, 0.22.0 Dec 13, 2017

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