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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.

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Subject: Uninitialized value errors when parsing file
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:22:07 -0400
From: Gregory Warnes <>
I maintain the 'gtools' package for the R statistical software system (, and I provide a function that uses Spreadsheet::ParseExcel to convert .xls files to csv.

One of my users has a file ('87Fire.xls', attached) that generates 'Use of uninitialized value' errors when it is parsed with Spreadsheet::ParseExcel 0.65, but reads properly in Microsoft Excel and other spreadsheet tools.


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Hi, The bug tracker for Spreadsheet::ParseExcel has moved to here: The issue seems to be that the file format is very old, possibly Excel 1 or 2 format and the XF record is much shorter than in later versions. Hence the errors when the module tries to parse out the XF sub-properties. A simple workaround would be to change the following line in _subXF() from: if ( $oBook->{BIFFVersion} == verBIFF4 ) { to if ( $oBook->{BIFFVersion} <= verBIFF4 ) { Report the issue on GitHub and refer to my answer here. Regards, John

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