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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.

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.

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Report information
The Basics
Id: 48967
Status: resolved
Priority: 0/
Queue: Spreadsheet-ParseExcel

Owner: jmcnamara [...]
Requestors: dblack [...]

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Subject: Bug in Spreadsheet::ParseExcel::Utility::int2col()
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2009 07:22:27 -0700
To: bug-Spreadsheet-ParseExcel [...]
From: David Black <dblack [...]>
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The last line of Spreadsheet::ParseExcel::Utility::int2col() is: return reverse $out; However reverse() only reverses a string in a scalar context, which means that if you call int2col() from an array context, the string you get back will be backwards (un-reversed). Here is a simple script which exposes this bug: use Spreadsheet::ParseExcel::Utility; ($col, $foo) = (Spreadsheet::ParseExcel::Utility::int2col(34), 1); print "$col\n"; The correct value is AI, however this script prints out IA. Changing the return line in int2col to be return scalar reverse $out; fixes this bug
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Hi, Thanks for that. I'll fix it in the next release, which should be in the next week. John. --
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Hi, This issue has been fixed in version 0.52 of Spreadsheet::WriteExcel. Thank you for your help in identifying/fixing this issue. John. --

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