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Maintainer(s)' notes

If you are reporting a bug in Spreadsheet::ParseExcel here are some pointers

1) State the issues as clearly and as concisely as possible. A simple program or Excel test file (see below) will often explain the issue better than a lot of text.

2) Provide information on your system, version of perl and module versions. The following program will generate everything that is required. Put this information in your bug report.

    #!/usr/bin/perl -w

    print "\n    Perl version   : $]";
    print "\n    OS name        : $^O";
    print "\n    Module versions: (not all are required)\n";

    my @modules = qw(

    for my $module (@modules) {
        my $version;
        eval "require $module";

        if (not $@) {
            $version = $module->VERSION;
            $version = '(unknown)' if not defined $version;
        else {
            $version = '(not installed)';

        printf "%21s%-24s\t%s\n", "", $module, $version;


3) Upgrade to the latest version of Spreadsheet::ParseExcel (or at least test on a system with an upgraded version). The issue you are reporting may already have been fixed.

4) Create a small example program that demonstrates your problem. The program should be as small as possible. A few lines of codes are worth tens of lines of text when trying to describe a bug.

5) Supply an Excel file that demonstrates the problem. This is very important. If the file is big, or contains confidential information, try to reduce it down to the smallest Excel file that represents the issue. If you don't wish to post a file here then send it to me directly:

6) Say if the test file was created by Excel, OpenOffice, Gnumeric or something else. Say which version of that application you used.

7) If you are submitting a patch you should check with the maintainer whether the issue has already been patched or if a fix is in the works. Patches should be accompanied by test cases.

Asking a question

If you would like to ask a more general question there is the Spreadsheet::ParseExcel Google Group.

Report information
The Basics
Id: 16254
Status: resolved
Priority: 0/
Queue: Spreadsheet-ParseExcel

Owner: Nobody in particular
Requestors: vir [...]

Bug Information
Severity: (no value)
Broken in: (no value)
Fixed in: (no value)

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Please change just one char at line 68 of Spreadsheet/ParseExcel/ from return pack('C*', unpack('n*', $sTxt)); to return pack('U*', unpack('n*', $sTxt)); This fixes at least russian .xls files reading. Sorry for bad english.
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[ - Fri Dec 2 10:04:30 2005]: Show quoted text
> Please change just one char at line 68 of > Spreadsheet/ParseExcel/
Hi, Thanks for the report. However, this should have been sent to the author of Spreadsheet::ParseExcel, rather than myself as I only maintain Spreadsheet::ParseExcel::Simple. I have reassigned this ticket to that queue instead. Thanks, Tony
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Looks like this has already been fixed. Closing this ticket.

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