Why are my calc formulas not working? (Err:508, Auto(in)correct!)

Debian Wheezy fresh install, LibreOffice

Please help!!

Say I want to add up cells A1, A2 and A3.

When I click the “Sum” formula button (when I’m in cell A4) I get this content:


With the result “#NAME?”

What’s happening? Thanks!

What do you get if you just type
(without quotation marks) into cell A4?

I just tried with the very same old version in Debian Wheezy and didn’t have any problem. Make sure your hardware isn’t bit-rotting …

Great question!

If I type “=SUM(A1:A3)” then the cell autocorrects (or is that “autoincorrects”?) to


with the result:


If I type “=A1+A2+A3”

Then I get the result “6” which I’d expect! (A1=1,A2=2 and A3=3)

Okay, so being completely mystified I updated LibreOffice from Debian Wheezy backports, and it works now. The catch is that I still don’t know why. (Thanks to Nicd on #libreoffice IRC!)