in reply to Re: install cpan Win32::OLE on cygwin - t/3_ole.t ....... 1/58 OLE exception from "Microsoft Excel":
in thread install cpan Win32::OLE on cygwin - t/3_ole.t ....... 1/58 OLE exception from "Microsoft Excel":

I have installed Win32::OLE with cpan notest install Win32::OLE.

That worked without a hitch.

I created a powershell script (try.ps1) that uses the add method:

$excel = new-object -comobject Excel.Application $excel.visible = $true $workbook = $excel.workbooks.add()
The command:
powershell -file try.ps1
displays an excel workbook with 1 worksheet when executed in the cygwin environment

So, unless powershell has security magic, scripts can do this, there is enough memory and disk space.

I created an equivalent perl script (

#!/usr/bin/perl -w use strict; use Win32::OLE; my $ex = Win32::OLE->new('Excel.Application', \&Quit); $ex->{visible} = 1; print "S1 .. "; sleep 10; print "Done.\n"; my $book = $ex->Workbooks->Add(); print "S2 .. "; sleep 10; print "Done.\n"; exit;
The sleep statements makes what happens visible. Otherwise the script just finishes with the error message below.

The command:

perl -w
displays an empty workbook. There is no worksheet displayed.

The workbook closes when the script finishes and the following is displayed:

S1 .. Done. OLE exception from "Microsoft Excel": Microsoft Excel cannot open or save any more documents because there i +s not enough available memory or disk space. ¢Æ To make more memory available, close workbooks or programs you no l +onger need. ¢Æ To free disk space, delete files you no longer need from the disk y +ou are saving to. Win32::OLE(0.1709) error 0x800a03ec in METHOD/PROPERTYGET "Add" at line 11 S2 .. Done.
So it appears that Add has a problem in my environment.

I don't believe the message is disk space or memory related, there is heaps of both as I posted earlier in this conversation. And I would expect the poweshell script to have the same problem. But that script runs fine.

I inspected the cpan make compile output, which I noticed had many warnings. All the same but for the location:

OLE.xs:5764:39: warning: deprecated conversion from string constant to + ¡®char*¡¯ [-Wwrite-strings]
It's only a warning. Could it lead to my problem?

Suggestions welcome.