I'm running LibreOffice Version 188.8.131.52 (Build ID:
0eaa50a932c8f2199a615e1eb30f7ac74279539) on Windows 7 64-bit. Files are
saved in native ods format.
I'm using a custom format code on a cell in Calc to get a value
displayed as a rate per hour.
This is the format code I want:
[$R-1C09] #,##0.00 " / hour";[$R-1C09]-#,##0.00 " / hour"
As it is, that code works fine. When I enter a value of 300, I can use
it in calculations, and it gets displayed as "R 300 / hour", just as I
The problem comes in when I close the file. Even if all I do is enter
the correct formula as above, then save and close the file, when I
re-open the file, the field now displays as "R 300.00 / hoRr". When I
go to the cell format, I see the format code has changed to:
[$R-1C09] #,##0.00" / hRRr";[$R-1C09]-#,##0.00" / hoRr"
This happens every time I close the file. When I re-open it, the format
has changed. This is not caused by the save, because once edited, the
formula stays correct for the duration of the session, until I close
It's not just that "hour" has changed to "hRRr" and "hoRr", but the
space between the "0.00" and the quote has gone (in fact, the quote now
has two spaces after it, instead of the one before I closed the file).
This space is very important. If I edit the formula as it is, and just
change the "hRRr" to "hour", the format code is removed. On the
previous version of LibreOffice I had (not sure which version that was,
though, either 3.5 or 3.6 something), it would have no effect. After
editing the format code, the value would still be displayed wrong, and
going back to the cell format, I would see that the format code had
reverted back to the wrong code. Only if I put a space between the
"0.00" and quote would the code retain the "hour". Now, on this version
of LibreOffice, if I don't put a space between the "0.00" and the
quote, if I just change the "hRRr" and "hoRr" to "hour", the custom
format code is entirely removed, and the format reverts to a standard
number. If I correct the format, it stays until I close the file, and
then once I re-open it, it has reverted to the incorrect custom format
I have had this issue in several files, and can re-create it by opening
a new file, putting "300" in the first cell, going to "Format | cells"
choosing currency and putting ' " / hour"' after both "0.00". This
shows correctly. Then I save the file, close it, and re-open it and it
has mangled the custom format code.
Can anybody else confirm that they are also having this problem? Does
anybody know anything about this problem? Should I submit a bug for
this problem, and if so, where? At https://bugs.freedesktop.org/ or at
https://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/bug/ ? I have tried searching both
the mailing list archive and the bugtracker for this problem, but
didn't turn up anything relevant.
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