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    Default reading odc files

    Hello ,
    I trying to read a file with an .odc extenstion.Using openOffice Calc,
    However there is a of garbage and irreadable characters,
    I found out it is a Microsoft office data connection file.
    Is there a way around it?

    openSUSE 11.1

    Thanks

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    Default Re: reading odc files

    The fact that a file name ends with the characters .odc does not in itself make the contents of this file of being of a specific "type". In MS-DOS (and it's offspring) these are in a special part of the file properties (the so called "extention"), but that is not a concept in Unix/Linux. Allso these "extentions" are not realy centraly registrated and thus the same character combination can be used by different programmers for their purpose.

    Thus when you know it is a "Microsoft office data connection file" (whatever hat is) it certainly can not be interpreted as an openOffice Calc file by any program.
    I do not understand what you mean by "is there a way around it"? Do you want to know if there is a Linux program that can interprete a Microsoft office data connection file?
    Henk van Velden

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    Default Re: reading odc files

    Exactly.
    The fact is that Calc can read it pretty well, I can sort through the gibrish, I just wanted to know if the is a linux program taht can interpret the office data connection file.


    Alon

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    Default Re: reading odc files

    Open in an editor. Many of the newer file formats or XML based. You would be able to see whats in it. If that fails a good hex edtor will work to see the contents. Chances are you won't be able to do anything with it but you sure can look into it.

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    Default Re: reading odc files

    Quote Originally Posted by only-trouble View Post
    Exactly.
    The fact is that Calc can read it pretty well, I can sort through the gibrish, I just wanted to know if the is a linux program taht can interpret the office data connection file.


    Alon
    Then may be you should start a thread (in the Looking for something other then support subforum) with as title something like:
    "Linux program that can interprete a Microsoft Office data connection file"
    This might draw the attention of someone knowing.
    Henk van Velden

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