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Corrupt odt file

PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 9:23 pm
by zinsco
My daughter is running Linux Mint 9 and using OpenOffice 3.2. She let her battery die while having an odt file open. The file is now corrupt. Can't open it in zip and putting the file on my windows system to use a file repair program doesn't work. Does anyone know of an odt file repair program that can install on a Linux Operating system?

Re: Corrupt odt file

PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 9:31 pm
by TheGurkha
I'm afraid that it sounds as though the file is dead. (To be honest, I've never heard of a so-called file-fix program that has ever worked.)

you could try to attach the file here and let us take a look at it, but as Isay, it doesn't sound hopeful: [Forum] How to attach a document here.

Another thing to try is to check her user profile backup folder - there might be a previous version auto-saved in there. See: [Tutorial] The OOo user profile.

Re: Corrupt odt file

PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 9:34 pm
by Zizi64
Now it is too late, but it may be useful for the future:
Always make a backup copy of important documents. (While you are editing, too; for example: MyImportantDocument001, MyImportantDocument002 ... etc.)

Re: Corrupt odt file

PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 10:19 pm
by zinsco
Yeah, the auto-save folder is empty. Don't understand why it would be empty, because she said that every 15 min she could tell it was doing an auto save and I looked at the settings and everything is got a check mark where it should for it to do the auto save.

Re: Corrupt odt file

PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 10:31 pm
by zinsco
OK, here's the file, but I think it's pretty much empty. I opened it up in a file editor and I don't see hardly anything there. I think most of it is probably scattered throughout her hard drive.

Re: Corrupt odt file

PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 11:40 pm
by TheGurkha
Yes, it is dead, I'm afraid. All of the bytes in it are hex 0x00 - completely null and void.

The only safe thing to do with any office suite is to save often, and save in different locations/folder with different names like version001, version002, version003 ... etc.
You have to think defensively with computers.

Shot 0172.jpg
File opened in hex editor.

Re: Corrupt odt file

PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 11:41 pm
by thomasjk
Lots of ###################################. Its toast.

Re: Corrupt odt file

PostPosted: Sun Aug 29, 2010 1:43 am
by Hagar Delest