Support of csv files with .xls extension

Kohei Yoshida kohei.yoshida at
Thu Oct 24 13:53:39 CEST 2013

On Thu, 2013-10-24 at 10:38 +0300, Maxim Monastirsky wrote:
> Hi All,
> Starting with 4.1 csv files with xls extension & also tsv files are opened using 
> writer instead of calc, when opening from the start center or from cli without 
> '--calc'. While it's clear that the tsv part should be fixed (BTW it's a 
> trivial fix [1]), I'm not sure about csv files with xls extension. Users 
> shouldn't expect that after changing the file extension to some random 
> extension, it still would be recognized as a csv by default. But on the other 
> hand the fact that some user opened a bug for it, might indicate that some 
> app\web app generates such files. So what do you think? Should it be fixed, or 
> should we close the bug as WONTFIX?
> The relevant bug reports are:
> (csv with .xls extension)
> (tsv)

Well, when the app name is not given, the current detection code relies
on the extension to decide which app to open the file with (as you
already noticed).  I believe we associate "csv" to Calc in this case,

so I would say it's also reasonable to associate "tsv" and "xls" to Calc
as well.

Feel free to propose a patch for this and push it to gerrit.  It should
be a very easy fix.


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