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    Default Cannot Open Winmail.dat file with tnef.

    I have been sent a winmail.dat file attachment and cannot open it. I am confused first by the options for tnef:- tnef, ktnef, ktnef5. I assume the tnef is simple command line and the others are associated with KDE desktop.
    Sadly none are working. I get messages from Thunderbird that there is no application installed that can open files of the type TNEF message even though I have ktnef installed.
    If I run from console I get message
    Code:
    tnef: qbemail.pdf: Could not create file: File exists
    This suggests to me that the attachment is a pdf (which is what I need) wrapped up as if it were a message from Outlook.
    Is there any way I can sort this out please?

    Budgie2

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    Default Re: Cannot Open Winmail.dat file with tnef.

    In this case, MS provides the answer: https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/...dat-attachment

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    Default Re: Cannot Open Winmail.dat file with tnef.

    Quote Originally Posted by Budgie2 View Post
    I get messages from Thunderbird that there is no application installed that can open files of the type TNEF message even though I have ktnef installed.
    Then I would suggest to save the file to disk, run ktnef manually, click on "Open" and select the file.

    I cannot help you more though, as I never in my life had the "luck" to receive (or even see) a Winmail.dat file...

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    Default Re: Cannot Open Winmail.dat file with tnef.

    Quote Originally Posted by john_hudson View Post
    In this case, MS provides the answer: https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/...dat-attachment
    Hi John and thanks for taking the trouble to post but try as I might I couldn't find the answer to my question in your reply. The MS website advice was
    To resolve this issue, ask the sender to re-send the message in plain text format.
    .
    As you can see from my post, the content was an attachment in pdf format and it was not possible for the sender to put into plain text.
    The sender was however willing to help and sent the attachment from his android phone so I received a pdf file as intended.
    I had hoped there was a linux solution but not found it yet.

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    Default Re: Cannot Open Winmail.dat file with tnef.

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfi323 View Post
    Then I would suggest to save the file to disk, run ktnef manually, click on "Open" and select the file.

    I cannot help you more though, as I never in my life had the "luck" to receive (or even see) a Winmail.dat file...
    Thanks for the reply and suggestion. Already tried that. Could see bits of the file in amongst garbage but nothing resembling the VAT invoice I was seeking.
    Problem solved thanks to android phone!!!

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