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Subject: SaveParser: Formulas which reference subsequent worksheets cannot be saved
After adding formulas which reference subsequent worksheets, the workbook cannot be saved, failing during the SaveAs() method. For example: if Sheet1 of the workbook contains a formula '=Sheet2!A1', there will be errors when saving the workbook, even if it contains a worksheet named Sheet2. In contrast, if there is a formula '=Sheet1!A1' on worksheet Sheet2, no problems are encountered. I have submitted a patch to Spreadsheet/ParseExcel/SaveParser/ which avoids this problem. It patches the SaveAs() method so that all worksheets are created (in the underlying Spreadsheet::WriteExcel::Workbook object) before data is entered in any of them.
Subject: SS-PE-SP-Workbook.patch
--- 2009-01-08 21:42:44.000000000 -0500 +++ 2009-01-15 16:02:07.355299300 -0500 @@ -134,9 +134,17 @@ } $iNo++; } + + ## add worksheets early, to ensure that forward-referencing formulas work + my (@aWkS, @aWrS); + for(my $iSheet=0; $iSheet < $oBook->{SheetCount} ; $iSheet++) { + $aWkS[$iSheet] = $oBook->{Worksheet}[$iSheet]; + $aWrS[$iSheet] = $oWrEx->addworksheet($aWkS[$iSheet]->{Name}); + } + for ( my $iSheet = 0 ; $iSheet < $oBook->{SheetCount} ; $iSheet++ ) { - my $oWkS = $oBook->{Worksheet}[$iSheet]; - my $oWrS = $oWrEx->addworksheet( $oWkS->{Name} ); + my $oWkS = $aWkS[$iSheet]; + my $oWrS = $aWrS[$iSheet]; #Landscape if ( !$oWkS->{Landscape} ) { # Landscape (0:Horizontal, 1:Vertical)

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