Just an FYI for anyone who attempts to use John's code example...

The latest version for the xlwt package named xlwt-0.7.4.tar.gz
contains a python script named "BIFFRecords.py". Within this script
there are strange quotation characters at line 1728 and greater that
must be converted to a normal double-quote before placing this in the
IFS otherwise you will receive the following error:

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/python27/scripts/cpytoxlsf.py", line 62, in <module>
import xlwt
File "/python27/site-packages/xlwt/__init__.py", line 10, in <module>
from Workbook import Workbook
File "/python27/site-packages/xlwt/Workbook.py", line 43, in <module>
import BIFFRecords
File "/python27/site-packages/xlwt/BIFFRecords.py", line 1728
SyntaxError: 'charmap' codec can't decode byte 0x9d in position 0: character
maps to <undefined>

Although this whole process was kind of a PITA to install and get
working correctly, it appears that this language might come in very
handy...if I can find the time to learn it. Kudos to John for posting
a usable script for us newbies :)


In my opinion, even easier than Scott's POI-based stuff is iSeries
Python and xlwt:


Using those, I've written a utility which automatically converts
physical files to Excel files:



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