 # Sudoku solver, calc internal tokens number exceeded

Whats the maximum number of characters in libre office calc cell? I use LibreOffice 3.5 build 403 on openSUSE 12.2. When I try to enter quite long formula Libre shorten it from 964 char to 958 in one example, and 982 to 976 chars in an other example. I’ve tried searching on google but founded nothing usefull. So… two question

1. Whats the maximum number of characters in a calc cell
2. If max char is more than 1024, Why do Libre office shorten my formula?

/J

 found that it is 512 chars, but somehow ignored that and allowed little more than that, between 950 and 1000

Maybe exposing the formula, someone can help make it shorter. It seems too long to fight with.

Libre Office 4.0.2 on Ubuntu 13.04:
formula in a cell: up to 1300 characters (not clear if it depends on character set)
Plain text in a cell: up to 65535 characters (not clear if it depends on character set)

I am surprised about the length of your formulas and admire you for understanding such long ones.
Why don’t you break them down? If you don’t want to see results in between you might be able to hide rows or columns.

Thanks Well, I tried to make a suduko (9 rows x 9 column) solver in calc. Now when I changed from swedish to english the problem dissaper, formula got little shorter. But here it is: If ‘1’ is in same row, column or same 3x3 area, do’t show ‘1’. Every small test return ‘1’ if no ‘1’ is found and multiplied together, so if product of multiplication is zero, there is a ‘1’ present.

``````=IF(IF(ROW()=1,1,ISERROR(VLOOKUP(1,INDIRECT(CONCATENATE(CHAR(64+COLUMN()),1,":",CHAR(65+COLUMN()),ROW()-1)),2,0)))*IF(ROW()=9,1,ISERROR(VLOOKUP(1,INDIRECT(CONCATENATE(CHAR(64+COLUMN()),ROW()+1,":",CHAR(65+COLUMN()),9)),2,0)))*IF(COLUMN()=1,1,ISERROR(HLOOKUP(1,INDIRECT(CONCATENATE("A",ROW(),":",CHAR(63+COLUMN()),ROW()+1)),2,0)))*IF(COLUMN()=9,1,ISERROR(HLOOKUP(1,INDIRECT(CONCATENATE(CHAR(65+COLUMN()),ROW(),":I",ROW()+1)),2,0)))*IF(INDIRECT(CONCATENATE(CHAR(3*INT((COLUMN()-1)/3)+65+MOD(COLUMN(),3)),1+3*INT((ROW()-1)/3)+MOD(ROW(),3)))=1,0,1)*IF(INDIRECT(CONCATENATE(CHAR(3*INT((COLUMN()-1)/3)+65+MOD(COLUMN()+1,3)),1+3*INT((ROW()-1)/3)+MOD(ROW(),3)))=1,0,1)*IF(INDIRECT(CONCATENATE(CHAR(3*INT((COLUMN()-1)/3)+65+MOD(COLUMN(),3)),1+3*INT((ROW()-1)/3)+MOD(ROW()+1,3)))=1,0,1)*IF(INDIRECT(CONCATENATE(CHAR(3*INT((COLUMN()-1)/3)+65+MOD(COLUMN()+1,3)),1+3*INT((ROW()-1)/3)+MOD(ROW()+1,3)))=1,0,1),"1","")
``````

Divided into smaller parts : If this cell is first row, ‘return’ 1, else search for ‘1’ in this column from row 1 to this row minus one.

``````IF(ROW()=1,1,ISERROR(VLOOKUP(1,INDIRECT(CONCATENATE(CHAR(64+COLUMN()),1,":",CHAR(65+COLUMN()),ROW()-1)),2,0)))
``````

If row is ‘9’ (last) return ‘1’, else search for ‘1’ in this row plus 1 to row 9

``````IF(ROW()=9,1,ISERROR(VLOOKUP(1,INDIRECT(CONCATENATE(CHAR(64+COLUMN()),ROW()+1,":",CHAR(65+COLUMN()),9)),2,0)))
``````

then two similar but for columns.
After that there are four checks for the four other cells that has not been checked with above formula in 3x3 area.

Search the upper left cell that has not been cheacked earlier

``````IF(INDIRECT(CONCATENATE(CHAR(3*INT((COLUMN()-1)/3)+65+MOD(COLUMN(),3)),1+3*INT((ROW()-1)/3)+MOD(ROW(),3)))=1,0,1)*
``````

Search the upper right cell that has not been cheacked earlier

``````IF(INDIRECT(CONCATENATE(CHAR(3*INT((COLUMN()-1)/3)+65+MOD(COLUMN()+1,3)),1+3*INT((ROW()-1)/3)+MOD(ROW(),3)))=1,0,1)*
``````

Search the lower left cell that has not been cheacked earlier

``````IF(INDIRECT(CONCATENATE(CHAR(3*INT((COLUMN()-1)/3)+65+MOD(COLUMN(),3)),1+3*INT((ROW()-1)/3)+MOD(ROW()+1,3)))=1,0,1)*
``````

Search the lower right cell that has not been cheacked earlier

``````IF(INDIRECT(CONCATENATE(CHAR(3*INT((COLUMN()-1)/3)+65+MOD(COLUMN()+1,3)),1+3*INT((ROW()-1)/3)+MOD(ROW()+1,3)))=1,0,1)
``````

Again, multiply all together and see if it is zero, if zero a ‘1’ is present i area and should not be in thsi cell.

But that wasn’t the question, the question was, what are the maximum number of chars in a formula? And it looks like 512, thou I can enter more than that so I really don’t know.

If you are using several times in every cell the function CONCATENATE(), you can replace it:

=CONCATENATE(“A”;“B”;“C”) → “ABC”

=“A”&“B”&“C” → “ABC”

LibreOffice help:

@Qui writes:

[I] found that [the maximum number of characters in a libre office calc cell] is 512 chars, but somehow ignored that and allowed little more than that, between 950 and 1000

Qui – can you tell us where you found this information so that we can note that when we resolve this question?

Thanks!

Update: The 512 error code appear to refer to internal tokens, not the raw number of characters one can put into a formula:

Compiler: the total number of internal tokens, (that is, operators, variables, brackets) in the formula exceeds 512.

If your variables are multi-character, if you have whitespace, if there’s a multi-character operator, etc…, then the total number of characters allowed in a formula will be much higher than 512.

So instead of your original question “What’s the max # of chars that can be used in a formula?”, I think it’s more helpful for you to know “What’s the max # of variables, functions, operators, etc… that can be used in a formula?” (Ans: 512, as noted above I see that I don’t mentioning that I get error 512, really bad of me. But here are a link to the page where it tells the 512 char limit. Error Codes in LibreOffice Calc - LibreOffice Help

Since LibreOffice 4.0 the maximum number of tokens is 8192.