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LibreOffice Err:540

asked 2019-09-13 08:47:41 +0200

bermguy gravatar image

updated 2019-09-14 03:18:39 +0200

I just upgraded from to I am now getting Err:540 when I enter a formula into a new spreadsheet that includes external references. That didn't happen with The description of the code is "Happens if a function that requires (re)loading of external sources is encountered and the user hasn't confirmed reloading of external sources yet". So if I save the new spreadsheet and reload it, the error goes away and then adding more formulas with external references works. But why should I have to go through that exercise? You don't have to do that with (or any earlier release). Is this a permanent "feature" or is it a bug that will be fixed?

Thank you.

Additional info (2019-09-13 18:12):

  • Security Options and Warnings, Options, Block any links from documents not among the trusted locations (see Macro Security) is checked.
  • Macro Security, tab Security Level is High, tab Trusted Sources includes D:\Spreadsheets under Trusted File Locations

I have created a simplified scenario that is easy to implement and illustrates the problem.

  1. I created a spreadsheet called SSOld.ods in D:\Spreadsheets containing these cell values:

    A1: 1234, A2: 5678, A3: 9012, A4: 3456

  2. I created a new spreadsheet (untitled) and entered the following formula into cell A1:


    which returns a value of Err:540

  3. I moved to cell A2 in the untitled spreadsheet and entered "CTRL+D", which enters the formula:


    and also returns a value of Err:540

  4. Now cells A1 and A2 in the untitled spreadsheet both contain a value of Err:540

  5. I saved the untitled spreadsheet in D:\Spreadsheets as SSNew.ods and closed it.

  6. I re-opened SSNew.ods

  7. SSNew.ods now contains these cell values:

    A1: 1234, A2: 5678

  8. In SSNew.ods, I moved to cell A3 and entered "CTRL+D", then to cell A4 and entered "CTRL+D"

  9. SSNew.ods now contains these cell values:

    A1: 1234, A2: 5678, A3: 9012, A4: 3456

So it seems that once I have saved the new spreadsheet and re-opened it, I can enter external references at will and they work.

Thank you for your help.

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is it a bug

Quite possibly; maybe @erAck has an opinion?

that will be fixed?

Depends on you notifying developers in the bug tracker

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2019-09-13 09:51:16 +0200 )edit

Can you please describe what exactly you are doing? Including the exact formula, where your documents are located, and what the settings under Tools -> Options -> Security are in

  • Security Options and Warnings, Options, Block any links from documents not among the trusted locations (see Macro Security), is it checked or unchecked?
  • Macro Security, tab Security Level, and possibly Trusted Sources

Even with Block any links ... activated and the Very high macro security setting in 6.2.7 I can enter a formula using an external reference in a fresh new unsaved document without Err:540 appearing.

erAck gravatar imageerAck ( 2019-09-13 10:07:25 +0200 )edit

Thank you. I will set up a precise description tomorrow. It's 4:40 AM right now and I am going to bed. Stay tuned.

bermguy gravatar imagebermguy ( 2019-09-13 10:41:18 +0200 )edit

And please edit your question to provide further details, do not add them as Answer. Thanks.

erAck gravatar imageerAck ( 2019-09-13 10:54:22 +0200 )edit

Shrug.. also with the new details (even tested with Macro Security of High instead of Very High) things work for me. Maybe some Windows specific error? Can anyone reproduce at all?

erAck gravatar imageerAck ( 2019-09-26 20:39:49 +0200 )edit

I uninstalled and installed and the problem disappeared. I then uninstalled and installed and the problem reappeared.

For what it's worth, my Operating System is Windows 10 and it is up to date (including the 1903 version update and all the updates that apply to that version).

If it's an interface problem with Windows 10, my guess would be that is making use of some setting in Windows that it didn't before. That's only a guess - and probably a bad one but it's the only thing that I can think of. Nevertheless, the problem is definitely introduced with

Thank you for your help erAck. This is a real baffler.

At least I have a workaround.

bermguy gravatar imagebermguy ( 2019-09-28 03:14:03 +0200 )edit

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answered 2019-09-13 09:04:12 +0200

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Thank you for your response; however, I have already seen that. I'm not asking what the code means - I included the meaning in my question. I am asking if it will now be necessary to close a new spreadsheet and re-open it before external references within it will work. I don't believe that this should be necessary. To me, it looks like a bug.

bermguy gravatar imagebermguy ( 2019-09-13 09:22:13 +0200 )edit
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