[Solved] How to open a file that won't open?

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[Solved] How to open a file that won't open?

Postby amgross » Fri May 29, 2020 5:47 am

Hi Folks,
I am at my wits' end on account of not being able to open a document that's very important for my friend. It's his Master's thesis, and I corrected it for the English since he's not a native English writer. I tried to send it to him and when he tried to open it an error message came up. I had the same problem when I tried to open it up. I did a good number of hours' work on it and made a number of big suggestions for changing the thesis. Has anyone come up against this error message?
Format error discovered in the file in sub-document content.xml at 2,5418 (row, col).
I have also attached the document in case anyone is able to send it back to me in a format that can be opened.
I appreciate your consideration very, very much!
All my best,
Andrew
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Re: How to open a file that won't open?

Postby FJCC » Fri May 29, 2020 7:16 am

I got 70 pages back. Check everything carefully!
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Re: How to open a file that won't open?

Postby RoryOF » Fri May 29, 2020 8:27 am

Here is what I got: I upload as sometimes two different repairs give slightly different content. Please let us know when you have downloaded and that all is reasonably well, and we will arrange to remove the works.
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Re: How to open a file that won't open?

Postby Zizi64 » Fri May 29, 2020 10:17 am

JubranMuyiniMAEDthesis2020.monday may25.1.odt

Use only one dot in a file name: for separating the extension of the file name (.odt).
(And do not use any other special characters The file names with special characters sometimes and somewhere will work, but in some other cases they will not work.)
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Re: How to open a file that won't open?

Postby John_Ha » Fri May 29, 2020 12:43 pm

The file was corrupted because of a known bug in AOO when comments attached to a range of characters are deleted with Record Changed set to ON. It is not yet known whether the error is introduced when the comment is added or deleted.

The full rules for path and file names are specified in Naming Files, Paths, and Namespaces where you can see that you can use a period in a file name but not as the last character.

Use any character in the current code page for a name, including Unicode characters and characters in the extended character set (128–255), except for the following reserved characters:
< (less than)
> (greater than)
: (colon)
" (double quote)
/ (forward slash)
\ (backslash)
| (vertical bar or pipe)
? (question mark)
* (asterisk)
...
Do not end a file or directory name with a space or a period. Although the underlying file system may support such names, the Windows shell and user interface does not. However, it is acceptable to specify a period as the first character of a name.

Also remember that Windows perversely allows you to create filenames which break the requirements (especially for maximum characters in a path) without throwing an error message. It is only when you try to access such a file you get a problem.
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Re: How to open a file that won't open?

Postby JeJe » Fri May 29, 2020 5:06 pm

The file was corrupted because of a known bug in AOO when comments attached to a range of characters are deleted with Record Changed set to ON. It is not yet known whether the error is introduced when the comment is added or deleted


I think users need a list of these known bugs perhaps? The ones that can do that at least...
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Re: How to open a file that won't open?

Postby amgross » Fri May 29, 2020 6:42 pm

I can't thank you all enough!!! I was able to open the one that Rory sent and sent it to my friend, who made his deadline today. Thank you so much!!! For some reason, I hadn't noticed FJCC's, but thank you to you, too!!! Many thanks to you all as a community! I appreciate it very much indeed!!!
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