Created attachment 45718 [details]
Rather than a minimal test case, I will attach two real spreadsheets.
The no._4_neis_spreadsheets... .ods has a tab called Cash Flow Y1.
On this tab, row 19 uses the DDE formula to dynamically link to a second spreadsheet, also attached (no 2 marketing action plan)
The values in the no._4_ spreadsheet are old; they do not reflect the current values in the source.
1) open the no.4 spreadsheet, and choose to update values from the linked source.
2) the document is marked as "dirty".
3) save the document.
4) open it again. Choose NOT to update linked values. Observe that the linked values have reverted to the old values, despite the save in step 3.
Created attachment 45719 [details]
second spreadsheet (the source of the linked data)
The DDE links are in an array formula which is I think necessary for reproducing the bug.
Hmm... I can't reproduce this on my end. When this happens, do you have the source document open, or is it closed?
The source document is closed.
It's easily reproducible for me so I will try to make a minimal test case; my real documents need the right source directories. Please note that the link is an array formula because the link was made be paste special ... link from a selection of a number of cells. Feedback I've had elsewhere indicated that this bug is only visible when the DDE is embedded in an array formula.
and yet with a simple testcase I can not reproduce it.
BTW, I'm planning to switch from DDE to external reference as the default action when you do paste as link. DDE is the default link mechanism today, but it's been very quirky. Even Excel defaults to external reference for paste as link now (when previously it was DDE).
When you do that, will there by dynamic updating of links? Because at present, external links in OO/libreoffice don't seem to update when the source changes, except a one-time opportunity when opening the destination document. If it wasn't for that, I'd never use DDE links.
(In reply to comment #7)
> When you do that, will there by dynamic updating of links? Because at present,
> external links in OO/libreoffice don't seem to update when the source changes,
> except a one-time opportunity when opening the destination document. If it
> wasn't for that, I'd never use DDE links.
You can still update from Edit - Links. Besides, DDE doesn't work too reliably and is technically a Windows-only mechanism. Only the external references work reliably across all platforms.
I encountered this bug first in NeoOffice (and then also in mac ports of OpenOffice).
This is the comment I just received from the senior NeoOffice developer, for your information:
"I could reproduce this bug with your sample very easily in LibreOffice. My guess is that they did not create the absolute path that your DDE functions point to (that is /Users/...) and put the sample document there.
One they are able to reproduce it, they should find that the problem occurs when nesting DDE functions in a Calc array within a cell.
Sorry, but I don't have the time to look into this right now. Would you like to tackle this?
Making this an easy hack.
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An EasyHack should have been checked by developers and thus is confirmed regardless of age. Moving back to NEW from NEEDINFO again. Sorry for the hassle.
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Removing EasyHack: No activity since 2011 and DDE is not the happiest place to be for a newcomer.
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Exactly same bug on new versions 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52.
A more important bug : calc crash when updating link very often (with the same file, sometimes ok, sometimes crashes with a document with many links)
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