Issue 68555 - Goal Seek leads to Calc hang-up
Summary: Goal Seek leads to Calc hang-up
Alias: None
Product: Calc
Classification: Application
Component: code (show other issues)
Version: OOo 2.0.3
Hardware: All All
: P3 Trivial with 3 votes (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
QA Contact:
Keywords: crash, oooqa
: 84863 (view as issue list)
Depends on:
Reported: 2006-08-12 09:53 UTC by norbert2
Modified: 2017-05-20 11:11 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

See Also:
Issue Type: DEFECT
Latest Confirmation in: ---
Developer Difficulty: ---

Tilgungsrechnung.ods (21.58 KB, application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.spreadsheet)
2006-08-12 09:54 UTC, norbert2
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goalseek.png (12.79 KB, image/png)
2006-08-12 09:55 UTC, norbert2
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Goal seek test document (14.54 KB, application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.spreadsheet)
2006-08-15 12:09 UTC, jr
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Description norbert2 2006-08-12 09:53:37 UTC

please ...

- open the attached spreadsheet

- start the goal seek with the parameters shown in the attached screenshot:

It seems to never find an end. Calc hangs!

(A friend told me about this bug. He said that Excel handles Goal Seek for
similar spread sheets without problems and finds the values in a short time. But
I haven't tested Excel.)
Comment 1 norbert2 2006-08-12 09:54:39 UTC
Created attachment 38471 [details]
Comment 2 norbert2 2006-08-12 09:55:15 UTC
Created attachment 38472 [details]
Comment 3 jr 2006-08-15 12:08:32 UTC
confirmed with 2.0.3 and m180 on WinXP and Linux

Goal seek works fine up to result cell F108, starting with F109 OOo loops.

Opening the same document in version 1.1.5 the goal seek brings no result, but
OOo doesn't loop.

OOo loops with even easier structured formulas, it seems to me, that the problem
is the number of iterations. I'll attach another test document, where the goal
seek works fine up to result cell C200 and loops from C201.
Comment 4 jr 2006-08-15 12:09:51 UTC
Created attachment 38530 [details]
Goal seek test document
Comment 5 oc 2006-08-16 12:10:50 UTC
Hi Eike, please have a look
Comment 6 ooo 2006-08-16 18:15:30 UTC

I don't see this is a P2, goal seek in combination with deeply nested/stacked
dependencies is not very common => P3.
Comment 7 norbert2 2006-08-16 18:55:37 UTC

This is a common used way of calculation. And such bugs are also a reason way
SO/OOo ist not so accepted in business.

P2 is ok because of the crash.
Comment 8 norbert2 2006-08-16 18:57:08 UTC
typing error: es -> er
Comment 9 norbert2 2006-08-20 16:46:55 UTC
You can also download such a spreadsheet (XLS) from
(Annuitätendarlehen berechnen)

And this way to use the goal seek to calculate the payment per month is very common!

Eike: Ist it possible to have this bug fixed in the next releases?
Comment 10 ooo 2006-09-04 13:49:05 UTC
Can't promise, otherwise I would had set the 2.1 target.
Comment 11 norbert2 2008-09-06 14:37:47 UTC
Is issue 84863 a duplicate of this issue?
Comment 12 niklas.nebel 2008-09-08 17:08:55 UTC
*** Issue 84863 has been marked as a duplicate of this issue. ***
Comment 13 mmacleod 2010-07-05 05:06:51 UTC
4 years and such a simple show stopping feature has not been fixed?
At the very least could you add a warning so that users don't waste time hoping
that if they "wait a little bit longer" it will eventually work? (This would
probably take 2 seconds to do so hopefully you will consider it - seeing as the
3 minutes it would take to fix such a simple bug properly is obviously just too
much to ask)
Comment 14 Marcus 2017-05-20 11:11:21 UTC
Reset assigne to the default "".