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Re: Microsoft Does It Again




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On Tue, Aug 21, 2018 at 11:14:48AM -0400, Stephen P. Molnar wrote:
> I'm not trying to start a flame war or bash Microsoft [...]

No worries: I won't try to stop you.

> For reasons unbeknownst to me, somehow it got saved as an Excel
> OOXML file [...]

Go figure. There are masochists out there, aren't there ;-)

> [...] Contacting Microsoft Customer Service resulted in
> instructions to upgrade Excel to the current version.  THere is no
> way that I will spend the money to implement that suggestion.

Bah. Microsoft at its best. "Trust us", says Nadella.

> Is there a Linux application that will allow me to recover the
> contents of the file?

As others have said, LibreOffice should do. I don't know about xlsx2csv,
but an apt search on my box yields

  tomas@trotzki:~$ apt search ooxml
  Sorting... Done
  Full Text Search... Done
  docx2txt/stable,stable,stable 1.4-0.1 all
    Convert Microsoft OOXML files to plain text
  
  libapache-poi-java/stable,stable,stable 3.10.1-3 all
    Apache POI - Java API for Microsoft Documents
  
  libapache-poi-java-doc/stable,stable,stable 3.10.1-3 all
    Apache POI - Java API for Microsoft Documents (Documentation)
  
  libexcel-writer-xlsx-perl/stable,stable,stable 0.95-1 all
    module to create Excel spreadsheets in xlsx format
  
  unoconv/stable,stable,stable 0.7-1.1 all
    converter between LibreOffice document formats

Unoconv is the machinery behind LibreOffice import; there's docx2txt,
which I don't know personally, and Perl's libexcel-writer-xlsx-perl,
which I have used to good effect (some assembly required, but if you
want to build it into some automatic workflow it might be your cup
of tea). No idea about the java thingies.

Lots of choice :-)

Cheers
- -- tomás
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