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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: 39151
Status: resolved
Priority: 0/
Queue: Spreadsheet-ParseExcel

Owner: Nobody in particular
Requestors: Franz.Fasching

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

Subject: Spreadsheet::ParseExcel::SaveParser documentation
Dear Kawai-san, dear Peter! When following the documentation of Spreadsheet::ParseExcel::SaveParser, Perl will complain about missing prerequisites: use Spreadsheet::ParseExcel::SaveParser; # some code results on execution in Perl complaining: Base class package "Spreadsheet::ParseExcel::Workbook" is empty. (Perhaps you need to 'use' the module which defines that package first.) at /usr/local/share/perl/5.8.8/Spreadsheet/ParseExcel/ line 14 BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at /usr/local/share/perl/5.8.8/Spreadsheet/ParseExcel/ line 14. This may be related to the fact that the base class Spreadsheet::ParseExcel::Workbook is in fact defined in the Spreadsheet/ file, therefore mandating the use of: use base 'Spreadsheet::ParseExcel'; in line 14 of Spreadsheet/ParseExcel/ Changing userland code to use that file beforehand resolves the problem as well: use Spreadsheet::ParseExcel; use Spreadsheet::ParseExcel::SaveParser; # some code Thanks a lot for this great module and keep up the good work! Cheers, Franz
From: Franz.Fasching [...]
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On Mi. 10. Sep. 2008, 04:18:44, ffasching wrote: Show quoted text
> Base class package "Spreadsheet::ParseExcel::Workbook" is empty. > (Perhaps you need to 'use' the module which defines that package
first.) Show quoted text
> at /usr/local/share/perl/5.8.8/Spreadsheet/ParseExcel/
line 14 Show quoted text
> BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at > /usr/local/share/perl/5.8.8/Spreadsheet/ParseExcel/ line 14.
This was obviously fixed in 0.33 with the split in proper modules within the Spreadsheet/ParseExcel hierarchy. Please ignore and close this "bug" :-) Thanks, Franz
Fixed in version 0.41. John. --

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