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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: 44021
Status: resolved
Worked: 2 hours (120 min)
Priority: 0/
Queue: Spreadsheet-ParseExcel

Owner: Nobody in particular
Requestors: sripad.sambrani [...]

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

CC: <jmcnamara [...]>, <szabgab [...]>, <kwitknr [...]>
Subject: - problem observed
Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2009 16:04:50 -0700
To: <bug-Spreadsheet-ParseExcel [...]>
From: "Sripad Sambrani" <sripad.sambrani [...]>
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Hi, Please note the following with regard to the PERL module While testing my script using MSExcel parser on Linux platform, following messages were reported on console. Use of uninitialized value in substitution (s///) at /soft/gnu-os/perl-5.8.0/lib/site_perl/5.8.0/Spreadsheet/ParseExcel/Utility. pm line 183. Use of uninitialized value in substitution (s///) at /soft/gnu-os/perl-5.8.0/lib/site_perl/5.8.0/Spreadsheet/ParseExcel/Utility. pm line 188. Use of uninitialized value in length at /soft/gnu-os/perl-5.8.0/lib/site_perl/5.8.0/Spreadsheet/ParseExcel/Utility. pm line 209. When at my installation path was checked, it was observed to have the contents marked in the attached file utility_pm.PNG. Please note this is captured after opening the module in VIM and hence shows line numbers in the left column. Also note the comment on line 170 in context of line 171, shown below for reference. # TODO. Replace string eval with a function. $section = eval "$number $conditional" ? 0 : 1; I observe variable $section (line 171 shown above) remains uninitialized on account of missing function for eval. This variable, in turn, is used to extract required format in variable $format (refer line 175 in file attached). Hence the messages shown were reported for $format on lines 183, 188 & 209. Please clarify. Regards, Sripad.
Hi, Thanks for that. Could you send me the Excel files that produces the error. John. --
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Hi, Can you send the Excel file that produces this error. It will be impossible to locate the issue without it. John, --
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On Wed Aug 19 07:47:58 2009, JMCNAMARA wrote: Show quoted text
> Hi, > > Can you send the Excel file that produces this error. > > It will be impossible to locate the issue without it. >
Hi, It seems that this is the same bug as the following, in which case you don't need to send a sample file. There will be a fix for this issue in version 0.51. John. --
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Hi, This issue has been fixed in version 0.51 of Spreadsheet::WriteExcel. Thanks, John. --

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