pod generated ods files do not open in Libreoffice nor MS Excel 2010

Bug #1173295 reported by David Burke on 2013-04-26
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Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Appy
Medium
Gaëtan Delannay

Bug Description

Steps to reproduce

Generate a ods file like in the example at http://appyframework.org/pod.html

Verify the file opens in Google Drive.

Opening the file in LibreOffice 4.0.2.2 in Linux or Window results in LibreOffice crashing.

Opening the file in MS Excel 2010 results in a message about it being corrupt.

I'm excited to start using the ods template feature! Let me know if I can help in any way. I've attached a sample ods file. The file was made in Libreoffice and processed by appy pod.

David Burke (bufke) wrote :
Changed in appy:
milestone: none → 0.9.0
assignee: nobody → Gaëtan Delannay (gaetan-delannay)
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: New → Fix Committed

Hi David,
Sorry for the late answer. Indeed, I could reproduce the problem and fix it. With LibreOffice >= 3.5, annotations can't be within paragraphs anymore for ODS. When pod produces an error, it embeds it into an annotation that lies within a paragraph (this was the case in your sample file). For ODT it works, but for ODS it makes LibreOffice 3.5 and 4.0 crash. LibreOffice >= 4.1 does not crash anymore but does not show the error message: the annotation is ignored.
It is tricky to solve this problem. What I have done for the moment is to force the appy.pod renderer to raise an error when generating a file from an ODS template (param "raiseOnError", see https://bugs.launchpad.net/appy/+bug/1169217.
Cheers
Gaetan

Changed in appy:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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