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Use of WEBSERVICE within a macro in LibreOffice

asked 2018-02-13 21:41:01 +0100

albatros gravatar image

updated 2018-02-14 15:36:15 +0100


Since the last update (security update on the WEBSERVICE function), I cannot use it within a macro like I used to.

The following macro was working nicely prior to the update and I get now an "Illegal Argument" exception. If I try manually to call WEBSERVICE with the built URL, it works...

Any hint?

Sub CallWS

dim currentCell
dim currentRow
dim currentSheet

currentSheet = ThisComponent.getCurrentController().getActiveSheet()
currentCell = ThisComponent.getCurrentSelection()
currentRow = currentCell.CellAddress.Row()

dim RowDate as string
dim RowCredit as string
dim RowDebit as string
dim RowNature as string

RowDate = currentSheet.getCellByPosition(0,currentRow).getString()
RowNature = currentSheet.getCellByPosition(1,currentRow).getString()
RowDebit = currentSheet.getCellByPosition(4,currentRow).getValue()
RowCredit = currentSheet.getCellByPosition(5,currentRow).getValue()

svc = createUnoService("")
dim ss as string
ss = "https://#hostname#/?date="+RowDate+"&credit="+RowCredit+"&debit="+RowDebit+"&nature="+RowNature
A = svc.callFunction("WEBSERVICE",Array(ss))


End Sub

In case this helps:

Build ID: 1:6.0.1-1
Threads CPU : 4; OS : Linux 4.9; UI Render : par défaut; VCL: gtk2; 
Locale : fr-FR (fr_FR.utf8); Calc: group
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Hello @albatros,

Just looking at your code i saw that RowDebit and RowCredit are defined as Strings, yet a Double value is being assigned to them by getValue().

Try getString() on them too, or else define them as Double, to see if that solves the problem already.

librebel gravatar imagelibrebel ( 2018-02-13 22:32:11 +0100 )edit

Thanks @librebel for the help.

If I do that (changing for double), I got an error when doing the concatenation. If I change for getString, I end up with the monetary symbol (which I don't want).

Leaving them as string and using getValue doesn't seem to bother it too much: I can see the variable contains the value as a string and I can do the concatenation without any issue.

albatros gravatar imagealbatros ( 2018-02-13 23:08:20 +0100 )edit

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answered 2018-02-13 23:52:42 +0100

Ratslinger gravatar image


Cannot speak of your macro, but there does seem to be a problem with WEBSERVICE.

There was a bug report (#104989) filed & fixed a while back. Using this code from the bug report:

Sub Main
svc = createUnoService( "" ) 'Create a service to use Calc functions
XML_String = svc.callFunction("WEBSERVICE",array(""))
Lipsum = svc.callFunction("FILTERXML", array(XML_String, "/feed/lipsum" ))
Print Lipsum
End Sub

Does work in LO v5.4.3.2 but causes an error in v5.4.5.1 and this dev version:

Build ID: d51c01846afb9bea5a39fd48fbb30b9fd02c2870
CPU threads: 4; OS: Linux 4.13; UI render: default; VCL: gtk2; 
TinderBox: Linux-rpm_deb-x86_64@70-TDF, Branch:libreoffice-6-0, Time: 2018-02-08_10:01:18
Locale: en-US (en_US.UTF-8); Calc: group

with the error being:

BASIC runtime error.
An exception occurred 
Message: .

pointing to line:

 XML_String = svc.callFunction("WEBSERVICE",array(""))

So it appears to be a recent problem and should be reported as a bug (file here).

Feel free to refer to this post with a link.

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@Ratslinger, thank you to pointing to this bug.

The symptoms seem exactly the same as the ones I'm facing since the update. I have opened a new bug, pointing to here.

albatros gravatar imagealbatros ( 2018-02-14 10:28:59 +0100 )edit
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