Bug 57675 - Re-open spreadsheet file contains "link to external data"
Summary: Re-open spreadsheet file contains "link to external data"
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Calc (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: x86-64 (AMD64) Windows (All)
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
Depends on:
Reported: 2012-11-29 06:36 UTC by usagi2655
Modified: 2015-02-11 19:54 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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The file contains external links create from my version of LibreOffice. (19.21 KB, application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.spreadsheet)
2012-11-29 06:36 UTC, usagi2655

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Description usagi2655 2012-11-29 06:36:45 UTC
Created attachment 70771 [details]
The file contains external links create from my version of LibreOffice.

How to reproduce:

1. Launch LibreOffice.
2. Select Spreadsheet on main screen.
3. From top menu, Insert, Link to external data.
4. Enter "http://www.esunbank.com.tw/info/rate_deposit_loan.aspx" on the URL field, the URL above is just for example, any valid URL will expect the same problem.
5. Press Enter.
6. A "Import Options" dialog appears, just click OK.
7. At "Available tables", select one of any item, then click OK.
8. The contents of the webpage will be inserted into the sheet, then from top menu, File, Save, any location and file name are ok, then click Save.
9. Close LibreOffice from the X at top right of the window, not only close spreadsheets, be sure to exit LibreOffice completely.
10. Launch LibreOffice again.
11. From top menu , File, Recent Documents, choose the item saved at step 8.
12. A dialog ask you about updating links in file, choose Yes.
13. The cell contains external link will be "The link could not be updated.

How to workaround:

1. Repeat above step from 1 to 5.
2. A "Import Options" dialog appears, click Cancel.
3. Click cancel again to close "External Data" dialog.
4. Repeat above step 11 to 12.
5. The cell contains external link will be successfully updated.
Comment 1 A (Andy) 2013-04-15 19:46:59 UTC
This issue was for me not reproducible with LO (Win7 Home, 64bit).
Does this issue still persist for you with the release of LO?

Note: This function to insert an internet webpage (in step 5) works only with the full URL address including "http://"
Comment 2 Owen Genat (retired) 2013-07-04 10:45:55 UTC
This would appear to be a duplicate of bug #57330 and bug #54533.
Comment 3 ign_christian 2013-07-05 09:15:56 UTC
Also not reproducible on LO (Win7 32bit).

@Usagi, perhaps you should do retest using latest stable release & check whether your report is similar with bugs stated on comment 2
Comment 4 Robinson Tryon (qubit) 2014-02-04 14:54:00 UTC
(In reply to comment #3)
> Also not reproducible on LO (Win7 32bit).
> @Usagi, perhaps you should do retest using latest stable release & check
> whether your report is similar with bugs stated on comment 2

Status -> NEEDINFO
Comment 5 QA Administrators 2014-09-03 21:32:52 UTC
Dear Bug Submitter,

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Comment 6 Owen Genat (retired) 2014-09-06 06:01:01 UTC
It is possible this is a duplicate of bug 49043, which has seen some flaky performance of this facility in recent series. The provided link:


... works as expected under GNU/Linux using:

- v4.1.6.2 Build ID: 40ff705089295be5be0aae9b15123f687c05b0a
- v4.2.6.3 Build ID: 3fd416d4c6db7d3204c17ce57a1d70f6e531ee21
- v4.3.1.2 Build ID: 958349dc3b25111dbca392fbc281a05559ef6848
- v4.4.0.0.alpha0+ Build ID: 652b807658a54cd2ccd04ebc6900d2cf1ce85015 TinderBox: Linux-rpm_deb-x86_64@46-TDF, Branch:master, Time: 2014-09-05_01:32:46

After inserting link to external data, save file > close file > re-open file > prompt for link update > links are updated as expected in all cases.
Comment 7 QA Administrators 2015-02-11 19:54:31 UTC
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