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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.

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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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Report information
The Basics
Id: 44009
Status: resolved
Worked: 30 min
Priority: 0/
Queue: Spreadsheet-ParseExcel

Owner: Nobody in particular
Requestors: Extern.Guntram.Blohm [...] AUDI.DE

Bug Information
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Fixed in: (no value)

Subject: bug with skipping chart-workbooks
Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2009 17:14:07 +0100
To: <bug-Spreadsheet-ParseExcel [...]>
From: "Blohm, Guntram (I/FP-831, extern)" <Extern.Guntram.Blohm [...] AUDI.DE>
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Hello, i think i found a little but (at least to me) annoying bug in Spreadsheet::ParseExcel Version 0.49 (current version). When encounters a new workbook of type 0x0020, it sets a flag (_skip_chart): 396 #Worksheeet or Dialogsheet 397 elsif ( $iDt != 0x0020 ) { #if($iDt == 0x0010) .... 428 else { 429 # Set flag to ignore all chart records until we reach another BOF. 430 $oBook->{_skip_chart} = 1; 431 } 432 } which gets reset when a BOF is encountered: 248 # If the low byte of the BIFF record is 0x09 then it is a BOF record. 249 # We reset the _skip_chart flag to ensure we check the sheet type. 250 if ( ( $bOp & 0xFF ) == 0x09 ) { 251 $oBook->{_skip_chart} = 0; 252 } The condition (bOp & 0xFF) isn't correct, however. The hex IDs of valid BOF records are 0x0009, 0x0209, 0x0409 and 0x0809 according to microsoft's documentation. However, there is a MARKERFORMAT record, that has a hex ID of 0x1009, which can occur in charts, and which matches the above condition. This leads to _skip_chart being reset prematurely, which in turn makes cell definitions that belong to the chart overwrite cells in the previous work sheet. Changing the above line of code to 250 if ( ( $bOp & 0xFF ) == 0x09 ) { fixes the problem. Show quoted text
> Mit freundlichen Grüßen >
Guntram Blohm AUDI AG I/FP-831 85045 Ingolstadt Tel +49-841-89-43057
Subject: RE: [ #44009] AutoReply: bug with skipping chart-workbooks
Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2009 09:44:37 +0100
To: <bug-Spreadsheet-ParseExcel [...]>
From: "Blohm, Guntram (I/FP-831, extern)" <Extern.Guntram.Blohm [...] AUDI.DE>
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Reviewing my bug on the web site, i see i made a stupid mistake regarding the fix - i just duplicated the wrong line. Of course, 250 if ( ( $bOp & 0xFF ) == 0x09 ) { should be fixed by changing it to 250 if ( ( $bOp & 0xF0FF ) == 0x09 ) { .
Hi, Thanks for that. I'll fix it in the next release. John. --
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Hi, This issue has been fixed in version 0.51 of Spreadsheet::WriteExcel. Thank you for your help in identifying/fixing this issue. John. --

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