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    Default Problem opening office document

    I typed a document in libre office and saved it but when I went back and opened it the text had all changed to lines of hash marks, I looked in its file properties and everything looks ok, whats happened, how can I get it back.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Problem opening office document

    On 06/22/2011 03:06 PM, jimt123 wrote:
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    > I typed a document in libre office and saved it but when I went back and
    > opened it the text had all changed to lines of hash marks, I looked in
    > its file properties and everything looks ok, whats happened,


    hard to know what happened....we can't know exactly how you saved it, or
    to where:

    are you saving it to a local Linux file system?

    did you save it in a LibreOffice format? which?

    so, i just typed a short test message into a default installed
    LibreOffice Writer version 3.3.1 in a fully updated openSUSE 11.4 and
    gave it a short name, and let LibreOffice decide the format and file
    extension and it saved a ~/Documents/shortTest.odt

    after closing LibreOffice, i opened Doplin, single clicked on the file
    and opened perfectly with no hash marks..

    so, what is different there? you can look in my sig and see what i'm
    running....but, since you didn't say i can assume you are running what,


    > how can I get it back.


    if it is in fact scrambled, i doubt you can get it back..

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    Default Re: Problem opening office document

    Quote Originally Posted by DenverD View Post
    On 06/22/2011 03:06 PM, jimt123 wrote:
    >
    > I typed a document in libre office and saved it but when I went back and
    > opened it the text had all changed to lines of hash marks, I looked in
    > its file properties and everything looks ok, whats happened,


    hard to know what happened....we can't know exactly how you saved it, or
    to where:

    are you saving it to a local Linux file system?

    did you save it in a LibreOffice format? which?

    so, i just typed a short test message into a default installed
    LibreOffice Writer version 3.3.1 in a fully updated openSUSE 11.4 and
    gave it a short name, and let LibreOffice decide the format and file
    extension and it saved a ~/Documents/shortTest.odt

    after closing LibreOffice, i opened Doplin, single clicked on the file
    and opened perfectly with no hash marks..

    so, what is different there? you can look in my sig and see what i'm
    running....but, since you didn't say i can assume you are running what,


    > how can I get it back.


    if it is in fact scrambled, i doubt you can get it back..

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    Thanks for the reply, it was an odt document, I just saved it to my home directory in the normal way, as I have done many other times with many similar docs, but this time when I tried to re-open it I just get hash marks. First time its happened but once is bad enough.

    Thanks anyway

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    On 06/22/2011 06:06 PM, jimt123 wrote:
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    > First time its happened but once is bad enough.


    try it again? does it do the same over and over??
    if so, you need to give more information than you have so far in this
    thread..

    but, i doubt i can help..

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    Default Re: Problem opening office document

    I've tried many times and tried opening with different apps but no luck. I did have a problem with some missing icons which meant I had to re-format some partitions, but i had saved all my documents to a usb drive before I did that. I suppose its possible in the transfer of files something happened to corrupt the file.

    Thanks anyway

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    Default Re: Problem opening office document

    On 2011-06-22 19:06, jimt123 wrote:
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    > I've tried many times and tried opening with different apps but no luck.


    No luck means corruption or no corruption? Sorry, not clear :-)

    > I did have a problem with some missing icons which meant I had to
    > re-format some partitions, but i had saved all my documents to a usb
    > drive before I did that. I suppose its possible in the transfer of files
    > something happened to corrupt the file.


    Yes, indeed, that is possible.

    Many years ago, in MsDOS, there was a boot option that made all disc write
    operations do a second read pass after each write to verify the write
    operation. True, at that time floppies were not reliable, so the option was
    rational. Now we confide in our disks, but usb sticks, being external,
    should require that verify pass. But we can't do it in Linux...


    If you can verify that the usb files were corrupted, then it is worth a
    Bugzilla report.


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    Default Re: Problem opening office document

    .odt files (and other libreoffice types) are xml and config/formatting files compressed into zip archives. As a last resort you can rename it something.zip and open in ark (or other unzip utility). The document content is usually in content.xml, if you can open this you can retrieve your text, although without formatting.

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