Excel5 Reader and EXTSST record

Topics: Developer Forum
Nov 26, 2008 at 3:36 PM
When reading a BIFF8 file with EXTSST records, the Excel5 Reader throws the exception "Excel file is corrupt. Didn't find CONTINUE record while reading shared strings.". 
What is this EXTSST for? Can it be skipped, or do we have to process the block to have valid output?
Does someone already have a patch for this?
(tested with 1.6.4 and release 21132)

Nov 26, 2008 at 3:49 PM
Edited Dec 2, 2008 at 12:29 AM
It shouldn't be a problem with the EXTSST record. That exception should only be thrown if there is a problem with the SST record. That means a BIFF8 file not following the rules.

If your Excel file is a valid file generated by for example Microsoft Office Excel or OpenOffice.org, then it could be a problem with Excel5 reader. Can you please send me the Excel file to erik at phpexcel.net so I that can inspect.
Nov 28, 2008 at 1:33 PM
Thanks, I received the file and verified that exception it thrown. Problem is being investigated.
Nov 29, 2008 at 2:13 AM
Fixed per work item 8333:

Dec 1, 2008 at 12:01 PM
Many thanks!
The reader works with all my Excel files now.