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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.

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If you would like to ask a more general question there is the Spreadsheet::ParseExcel Google Group.

Report information
The Basics
Id: 62349
Status: resolved
Priority: 0/
Queue: Spreadsheet-ParseExcel

Owner: Nobody in particular
Requestors: bmansell [...]

Bug Information
Severity: Important
Broken in: 0.57
Fixed in: (no value)

Subject: Cells contain Number-format data with 16 digits are greater are read as scientific notation formatted strings
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Test Column A is the number in "Number" format Test Column B is the number in "Text" format 'Test Column B' => '5555142701955555', 'Test Column A' => '5.55514270195555e+15' (Attached XLS file was saved in MS Excel 2003)
Subject: testexample_1021.xls
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Thanks for the example file. I'll have a look at it issue and let you know. John. --
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On Thu Oct 21 12:50:46 2010, id=AItOawnpBpUm0-C6_Twdxwk9yWJarV9dvLnNoyA wrote: Show quoted text
> Test Column A is the number in "Number" format > > Test Column B is the number in "Text" format > > > 'Test Column B' => '5555142701955555', > 'Test Column A' => '5.55514270195555e+15' > > (Attached XLS file was saved in MS Excel 2003)
Hi, I don't see that behaviour with the latest version (0.58) of Spreadsheet::ParseExcel. I get the following output: $ perl testexample_1021.xls Sheet1 Row, Col = (0, 0) Value = Test Column A Unformatted = Test Column A Row, Col = (0, 1) Value = Test Column B Unformatted = Test Column B Row, Col = (1, 0) Value = 5555142701955550 Unformatted = 5.55514270195555e+15 Row, Col = (1, 1) Value = 5555142701955555 Unformatted = 5555142701955555 Sheet2 Sheet3 From the following program: #!/usr/bin/perl -w use strict; use Spreadsheet::ParseExcel; my $parser = Spreadsheet::ParseExcel->new(); my $workbook = $parser->parse($ARGV[0]); if ( !defined $workbook ) { die ">>", $parser->error(), ".\n"; } for my $worksheet ( $workbook->worksheets() ) { print $worksheet->get_name(), "\n"; my ( $row_min, $row_max ) = $worksheet->row_range(); my ( $col_min, $col_max ) = $worksheet->col_range(); for my $row ( $row_min .. $row_max ) { for my $col ( $col_min .. $col_max ) { my $cell = $worksheet->get_cell( $row, $col ); next unless $cell; print " Row, Col = ($row, $col)\n"; print " Value = ", $cell->value(), "\n"; print " Unformatted = ", $cell->unformatted(), "\n"; print "\n"; } } } __END__ That appears correct to me. At least, it gives the same formatted output as Excel. John. --
Cannot reproduce error with version 0.58 as shown on Closing. John. --

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