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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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Subject: SaveParser doesn't copy formulas
Modifying a spreadsheet with SaveParser doesn't copy formulas. Please see the attached example_output.xls, which was generated from example.xls (created with Excel) and, both of which are also attached. Here's the requisite version info (the Perl is strawberry flavored, if that helps): Perl version : 5.012001 OS name : MSWin32 Module versions: (not all are required) Spreadsheet::ParseExcel 0.59 Scalar::Util 1.23 Unicode::Map (not installed) Spreadsheet::WriteExcel 2.37 Parse::RecDescent 1.965001 File::Temp 0.22 OLE::Storage_Lite 0.19 IO::Stringy 2.110
use strict; use warnings; use Spreadsheet::ParseExcel::SaveParser; my $parser = new Spreadsheet::ParseExcel::SaveParser; my $wb = $parser->Parse("example.xls"); my $ws = $wb->{Worksheet}[0]; $ws->AddCell( 0, 0, 10 ); $wb->SaveAs( "example_output.xls" );
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On Thu Apr 28 10:46:45 2011, RBS wrote:
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> Modifying a spreadsheet with SaveParser doesn't copy formulas.
Hi, Thanks for your detailed report. This is a known and (probably not very well) documented limitation of ParseExcel and SaveParser. Unfortunately, it is non-trivial to fix, so it is unlikely that it will ever be implemented. John. --

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