Bug 234763 - Gnumeric can't open Excel files
Gnumeric can't open Excel files
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gnumeric (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Hans de Goede
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2007-04-01 13:37 EDT by William Lovaton
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:12 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2007-04-10 14:17:38 EDT
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2007-04-08 15:10 EDT, William Lovaton
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Description William Lovaton 2007-04-01 13:37:09 EDT
Description of problem:
Gnumeric can't open Excel files, it shows the following window message:
"Unsupported file format."

After clicking "Close" it then opens an empty Gnumeric session.

The funny thing is that running Fedora 7 Test 3 Live CD it works fine and I am
opening the exact same file from a USB memory.

My system was installed originally with Test 2 Live CD and then updated as of
today April 1.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
This is weird because Test 3 Live CD uses exactly the same version and it works
there.  Maybe I'm missing a package... right?

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Try opening a .xls file
Comment 1 Hans de Goede 2007-04-03 01:52:54 EDT
Interesting problem, which I cannot reproduce, can you try stracing gnumeric? At
the cmdline prompt "$" type:
"strace gnumeric foo.xls &> log"

And then attach the generated log file here.
Comment 2 William Lovaton 2007-04-08 15:10:13 EDT
Created attachment 151934 [details]
strace log

Hi there, sorry for the late response, I was out of town.

I haven't applied the new updates yet so this strace log is from updates as of
April 01.  I tried avoiding spaces in the file path and still nothing.	The
trace includes clicking in the "Close" button of the message window and then
closing the empty gnumeric session from the X button in the window manager.

Comment 3 Hans de Goede 2007-04-08 16:04:46 EDT

I can see gnumeric statting but not loading any plugins. Can you start gnumeric
and then goto: tools->plugins

And then see if "MS excel" is in the plugin list, and if it is there, if its
enabled. If its not enabled try enabling it. Also interesting would be the
"activate new plugins by default" checkbox value
Comment 4 William Lovaton 2007-04-10 10:25:22 EDT
That's right.  I checked this option and it works now.

Curiously, there are a lot of options and none of them are selected.  My Ubuntu
system in my laptop have almost all of them selected.

I don't know how this happened, I suppose they should be activated by default.

I think it is safe to close this bug report now.
Comment 5 Hans de Goede 2007-04-10 14:17:38 EDT
Hmm, strange I just nuked my gnumeric config dir ( ~/.gconf/apps/gnumeric) and
then started gnumeric fresh, and it did have the "activate new plugins by
default" checkbox enabled by default and it worked fine with xls files without
any configuring. I don't know what went wrong in your setup, closing.

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