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MacOS VBA will not SaveAs CSV

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    MacOS VBA will not SaveAs CSV

    Thanks for reading!

    For weeks now, I have been trying to write a macro to save a bunch of sheets as CSVs from a calculation workbook. The interwebs are rife with people talking about this problem, but sadly unrife with solutions.

    I have developed a test scenario that wants to save a single sheet with 8 1-character cells from a 1-sheet workbook.
    It has two identical macros - one saves xlsx files and the other (fails to) save CSV files.
    I have tried to attach it to this message.

    The XLSX option popped up the Grant Access dialog for the test folder on the desktop. The CSV option never asks, even when I create a new folder for it.

    The perplexing thing is that it works for xlsx files but not CSV.

    I have tried a bunch of stuff suggested by various fora:
    • Use number 6 instead of label xlCSV
    • Use ThisWorkbook instead of ActiveWorkbook
    • Change target to mycsvpath = "/Users/me/Library/Containers/com.microsoft.Excel/Data/" & ActiveSheet.Name & ".csv"
    Result are always the same.

    Run-time error '1004':
    The file could not be accessed. Try one of the following:
    - Make sure that the specified folder exists
    - Make sure that the folder that contains the file is not read-only.

    It exists and is not read-only because the save-as-XLSX variant of the macro works flawlessly.
    I suspect that it is something to do with Sandboxing, but the first rule of sandboxing is that no-one ever talks about sandboxing. And - it works for xlsx.

    Mac OS is Mojave, Excel is 16.48, VBA is 7.1

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks for you help,
    Russ
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    Re: MacOS VBA will not SaveAs CSV

    I don't use Mac Excel.

    That disclaimer made, what happens if you try to run the following code?

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    If that works, produces the indicated text file, then it's a mystery to me why Excel is choking on writing CSV files in the same directory.

    What happens if you create a new subdirectory under /Users/me and try saving the CSV files there? I ask to find out whether Excel/VBA can save worksheets as CSV files somewhere. If it can't save CSV files anywhere, then it'd seem this would be a problem only MSFT could solve.

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    Re: MacOS VBA will not SaveAs CSV

    Nice idea! And - your macro works.

    The file is created in the Data folder.

    That's gotta be a step in the right direction.
    1. I inow the syntax I am using is correct for xlsx files
    2. I know VBA can write a text file to the Library's Data folder
    3. Just for laughs, I also know VBA can write a text file with a .csv suffix to the Library's Data folder
    4. And in the interests of science and fact-based belief systems, I adjusted the save-as-xlsx macro to save here too - and it works, creating a valid xlsx file.
    5. But SaveAs CSV to this folder does not work

    Thanks for your help!
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    Re: MacOS VBA will not SaveAs CSV

    I was trying not to have to open your workbook, but I did. Your code:

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    You're initializing one variable named mycsvpath but using another, presumably uninitialized variable named csvpath in the .SaveAs statement. That's likely to be your problem.

    Now for advice, the cost of free support: put Option Explicit at the top of your VBA module in order to catch errors like this at compile time. This would have been an easy error to diagnose and fix if you had to declare all variables. That may seem like a burden, but it can save huge amounts of time.

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    Re: MacOS VBA will not SaveAs CSV

    Noooo! It can't be true!

    I tried sooo many things that this was probably inevitable. I was twitchy that csvpath might be a system variable (I know, right? but I was running out of sensible things to try), so I changed it, with Saturday-approprate incompetence.
    So thank you, hrlngrv, for spotting this. I introduced that error about an hour before I posted the message, at precisely the time when I started trying to write to the Library - Data folder.

    So the current state of play is:
    - can save CSV files, but only to a directory that Apple really doesn't want you to see, (given that it requires magic tricks in Finder - Press Option, click menu item Go to access the Library folder.)
    - can create a folder inside Data and save there. There must be a trailing slash on the path in the macro.
    - xlsx files will generate a GRANT ACCESS dialog when you save them to the location of your choice, but CSV files do not.

    Outstanding issues
    Can anyone explain why this restriction is in place?

    Handy Tip
    To save all the option-Go clicking, Finder will let you drag the Data directory to the sidebar. Then, of course, you have a sidebar entry named "Data" which is a bit obscure. I created a folder "TaxCSVs" in Data and dragged that to the Sidebar. This provides convenient access to the CSV's after export without requiring me to remember obscure paths.

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    Re: MacOS VBA will not SaveAs CSV

    Now for advice, the cost of free support: put Option Explicit at the top of your VBA module in order to catch errors like this at compile time. This would have been an easy error to diagnose and fix if you had to declare all variables. That may seem like a burden, but it can save huge amounts of time.
    Of course. Absolutely. I hang my head in shame. I am a million years old, and started with strongly-typed languages like Pascal and C. Then I strayed into PHP. This has been my downfall. I am suitably chastised - I will ask my wife to give me a good slapping when she gets home, just for emphasis. I have written "Option Explicit, Stupid" on a post-it and stuck it to my screen. It should hang on there long enough for me to remember it. Of course, I also have to remember to leave the last word out.

    My thanks again, hrl. You are good people.

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