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Cannot open a file.

Kevin Brown
I have been using Open Office for a few years and I really enjoy this program. I have a problem with a certain file I can no longer open, when I attempt to do so it comes up with all my text being # hashtags and can’t fix the problem. When the file is clicked it brings up a bar that says ASCII Filter Options then gives you some options such as Character Set, Default fonts, language and something at the bottom that says paragraph break which you can click that says CR & LF, or Cr or LF by itself. I have tried to operate these options but nothing is working. I just want to get my file back to working, please let me know something as soon as possible, it will be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Cannot open a file.

Rory O'Farrell
On Sat, 25 Mar 2017 21:30:25 -0700
Kevin Brown <[hidden email]> wrote:

> I have been using Open Office for a few years and I really enjoy this program. I have a problem with a certain file I can no longer open, when I attempt to do so it comes up with all my text being # hashtags and can’t fix the problem. When the file is clicked it brings up a bar that says ASCII Filter Options then gives you some options such as Character Set, Default fonts, language and something at the bottom that says paragraph break which you can click that says CR & LF, or Cr or LF by itself. I have tried to operate these options but nothing is working. I just want to get my file back to working, please let me know something as soon as possible, it will be greatly appreciated.
>                                                                                      ~Kevin Brown
>
> Sent from Mail for Windows 10
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The display of ### and the ASCII filter message indicates that OpenOffice does not now understand the structure of the file.  Unfortunately, this indicates your file is damaged, most probably beyond repair.  If you have a backup, you should revert to this.  

https://forum.openoffice.org/en/forum/viewtopic.php?f=74&t=84056

This damage may have happened because of a system or program crash, or because of over-hasty powering off of the computer before the internal house-keeping had completed and the hardware/software write buffers had flushed to disk.
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Re: Cannot open a file.

James Plante
Kevin,
Rory is usually right about things like this, but there’s one trick you might try. Find that ODT file in Windows Explorer (or the Finder if on a Mac). Change the file extension from .odt to .zip, and unzip the file. Open the one named “content”. It will have all the text in it, but none of the formatting. Copy and paste this to a new document and save it under a filename that’s different from your original file’s name. Reformat it at your leisure.

Jim Plante

> On Mar 26, 2017, at 2:05 AM, Rory O'Farrell <[hidden email]> wrote:
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> On Sat, 25 Mar 2017 21:30:25 -0700
> Kevin Brown <[hidden email]> wrote:
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>> I have been using Open Office for a few years and I really enjoy this program. I have a problem with a certain file I can no longer open, when I attempt to do so it comes up with all my text being # hashtags and can’t fix the problem. When the file is clicked it brings up a bar that says ASCII Filter Options then gives you some options such as Character Set, Default fonts, language and something at the bottom that says paragraph break which you can click that says CR & LF, or Cr or LF by itself. I have tried to operate these options but nothing is working. I just want to get my file back to working, please let me know something as soon as possible, it will be greatly appreciated.
>>                                                                                     ~Kevin Brown
>>
>> Sent from Mail for Windows 10
>>
>
> The display of ### and the ASCII filter message indicates that OpenOffice does not now understand the structure of the file.  Unfortunately, this indicates your file is damaged, most probably beyond repair.  If you have a backup, you should revert to this.  
>
> https://forum.openoffice.org/en/forum/viewtopic.php?f=74&t=84056
>
> This damage may have happened because of a system or program crash, or because of over-hasty powering off of the computer before the internal house-keeping had completed and the hardware/software write buffers had flushed to disk.
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Re: Cannot open a file.

Brian Barker
At 10:52 26/03/2017 -0500, James Plante wrote:
>Rory is usually right about things like this, ...

Perhaps more often than you think.

>... but there's one trick you might try. Find that ODT file in
>Windows Explorer (or the Finder if on a Mac). Change the file
>extension from .odt to .zip, and unzip the file. Open the one named
>"content". It will have all the text in it, but none of the formatting.

Hold on: it has the text but also the formatting - as an XML file.
You'd need appropriate software (or a lot of effort) to strip out
just the text.

In any case, when - as here - the user sees nothing but hash marks,
the operating system is delivering an empty sector or sectors in
place of the document. This will not be a valid zip file and cannot
be unzipped.

Brian Barker


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Re: Cannot open a file.

James Plante
Won’t cost a damn thing to try, will it?

> On Mar 26, 2017, at 12:16 PM, Brian Barker <[hidden email]> wrote:
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> At 10:52 26/03/2017 -0500, James Plante wrote:
>> Rory is usually right about things like this, ...
>
> Perhaps more often than you think.
>
>> ... but there's one trick you might try. Find that ODT file in Windows Explorer (or the Finder if on a Mac). Change the file extension from .odt to .zip, and unzip the file. Open the one named "content". It will have all the text in it, but none of the formatting.
>
> Hold on: it has the text but also the formatting - as an XML file. You'd need appropriate software (or a lot of effort) to strip out just the text.
>
> In any case, when - as here - the user sees nothing but hash marks, the operating system is delivering an empty sector or sectors in place of the document. This will not be a valid zip file and cannot be unzipped.
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> Brian Barker
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