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adam1 01-26-2011 11:47 AM

Problem with Open Office.
 
Hi,

I have been using open office writer and I cannot open a file I have been working on. Other documents can be opened.


The file ASCII Filter Options which gives options on:

"Character Set" - a list containing the likes of Western Europe (ASCII/US)

"Default Fonts" - a list of fonts

"Language" - languages

"Paragraph Break" - contains choice of CR&LF, CR or LF.

Upon any selection I get a series of ### and other incomprehensible jargon.

This document is important and I need to open it.

Any ideas?

Thanks.

Tinkster 01-26-2011 12:51 PM

Hi, welcome to LQ!


What file/document type is it?

What does the command "file" on the commandline have to say
about that file you're trying to open?



Cheers,
Tink

rmknox 01-26-2011 02:18 PM

I had the same experience
As i recall the extension was odt
I then tried to open it with other programs that work with odt
I had success - as I recall it opened with AbiWord
After AbiWord opened it it was accessiboe to the openoffice word processor

good luck

adam1 01-26-2011 02:34 PM

File is .doc



I think its completely corrupted with no return. After I posted I ran a version of Hexplorer. It came up with complete jargon on the right hand side so I presume there is no hope.


Command file on command line? Erm I'm a noob!

I ran the command 'cat' in the terminal with the file and all I got was complete jargon/gobbledegook.

Same applied when I used 'pico' command and others.

adam1 01-26-2011 02:50 PM

Hi,

I have just tried AbiWord. No effect.

Opened it and it was merely jargon. Saved it and then opened under oo writer the same applied.


My definition of jargon:

?[ԣ &?Q'V?. *,bd?y,_ *,bd?y,_ *,bd?y,_ *,bd?y,_ *,bd?y,_ *,bd?y,_ *,bd?y,_ *,bd?y,_ *,bd?y,_ *,bd?y,_ *,bd?y,_ *,bd?y,_ *,bd?y,_ *,bd?y,_ *,bd?y,_ *,bd?y,_ *,bd?y,_ *,bd?y,_ *,bd?y,_ *,bd?y,_ *,bd?y,_ *,bd?y,_ *,bd?y,_ *,bd?y,_ *,bd?y,_ *,bd?y,_ *,bd?y,_ *,bd?y,_ *,bd?y,_ *,bd?y,_ *,bd?y,_ *,bd?y,_ *,bd?y,_ *,bd?y,_ *,bd?



Unfortunately I believe that this file is not recoverable.


Thanks for taking time out to help though.


If anyone has any ideas please post them as I will be checking and responding in a vain, fruitless attempt to rescue my work!


Adam.

Tinkster 01-26-2011 03:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by adam1 (Post 4238566)
File is .doc



I think its completely corrupted with no return. After I posted I ran a version of Hexplorer. It came up with complete jargon on the right hand side so I presume there is no hope.


Command file on command line? Erm I'm a noob!

I ran the command 'cat' in the terminal with the file and all I got was complete jargon/gobbledegook.

Same applied when I used 'pico' command and others.


Instead of "cat file" just run "file file".

rmknox 01-27-2011 10:19 AM

I dont know whether this will work, but you might try to import it into an empty page and see whether oowriter can decode it?

Dick

in a previous post the suggestion about the command line means use the terminal function so that you get a prompt - probably like you did with cat - and then type file name-of-your-file

Code:

[knox@knox ~]$ file tiny.asm
tiny.asm: ASCII assembler program text
[knox@knox ~]$


DavidMcCann 01-27-2011 11:44 AM

I presume this is a Microsoft .doc file. Basically that is a saved copy of the block of memory that contained the document when Word was running. If you load it into a hex editor, as you did, the beginning will seem to be rubbish. But did you scroll down? Eventually, you should find the text. For example, I've just created a .doc file with the text "This is a test" and it was 7KB long! If it's a MS file, the content is in there somewhere.


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