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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: 7206
Status: resolved
Priority: 0/
Queue: Spreadsheet-ParseExcel

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

Bug Information
Severity: Important
Broken in: 0.2603
Fixed in: (no value)


Subject: column with category 'Number' format 'General' gets the string GENERAL when accessing value
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When I have a cell with format Number - General the code below prints out "GENERAL" for that cell's value. I have attached a small sample spreadsheet. Environment is: ActiveState Perl v5.8.3 build 809. Spreadsheet::ParseExcel version 0.2603 use strict; use Spreadsheet::ParseExcel; my $file = shift; my $book = Spreadsheet::ParseExcel::Workbook->Parse($file) || die $!; my($row, $column, $ws); foreach my $ws (@{$book->{Worksheet}}) { for(my $row = $ws->{MinRow}; $row <= $ws->{MaxRow} ; $row++) { for(my $column = $ws->{MinCol}; $column <= $ws->{MaxCol}; $column++) { if (defined $ws->{Cells}[$row][$column]) { print "Value defined: ", $ws->{Cells}[$row][$column]->Value, "\n"; } else { print "Value undefined\n"; } } } }
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From: ntyni [...]
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> When I have a cell with format Number - General the code below prints > out "GENERAL" for that cell's value. I have attached a small > sample spreadsheet.
Hi, this problem was also reported in the Debian bug tracker as bug #298484, . The cells actually have a format string "GENERAL", instead of eg. '@'. This looks like an Openoffice-specific peculiarity. The attached simple patch works around the problem. Cheers, -- Niko Tyni (on behalf of the Debian Perl team)
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--- libspreadsheet-parseexcel-perl-0.2603.orig/ParseExcel/ +++ libspreadsheet-parseexcel-perl-0.2603/ParseExcel/ @@ -33,6 +33,10 @@ my $sCond; my $sWkF =''; my $sRes=''; + + # OpenOffice peculiarity? + $sFmt = '@' if ($sFmt eq "GENERAL"); + #1. Get Condition if($sFmt=~/^\[([<>=][^\]]+)\](.*)$/) { $sCond = $1;
Fixed in version 0.44. Thanks, John. --

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