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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.

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: 35678
Status: resolved
Priority: 0/
Queue: Spreadsheet-ParseExcel

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

Bug Information
Severity: Important
Broken in: 0.32
Fixed in: (no value)

Subject: Spreadsheet::ParseExcel crash on big entries or non-english characters?
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#instructions: run with perl test.xls # you should get a substr outside of string error # now open the excel file, go to the entry in the notes collumn, line 2 and just get # rid of the first character(a greek terminal s) , the one before the : #run again and behold! it runs fine # Bug reproduced with perl v5.8.7(activestate build 815), also same on linux # #!/usr/bin/perl -w use Spreadsheet::ParseExcel; use strict; my $filename = shift || "test.xls"; my $e = new Spreadsheet::ParseExcel; my $eBook = $e->Parse($filename); my $sheets = $eBook->{SheetCount}; my ($eSheet, $sheetName); foreach my $sheet (0 .. $sheets - 1) { $eSheet = $eBook->{Worksheet}[$sheet]; $sheetName = $eSheet->{Name}; print "Worksheet $sheet: $sheetName\n"; next unless (exists ($eSheet->{MaxRow}) and (exists ($eSheet->{MaxCol}))); foreach my $row ($eSheet->{MinRow} .. $eSheet->{MaxRow}) { foreach my $column ($eSheet->{MinCol} .. $eSheet->{MaxCol}) { next unless (defined $eSheet->{Cells}[$row][$column]); print $eSheet->{Cells}[$row][$column]->Value . " "; } print "\n"; } }
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Same as I'm looking into it. John. --
Hi, This issue has been fixed in Spreadsheet::ParseExcel version 0.45. Thanks, John. --

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