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Re: Microsoft Does It Again

On 08/21/2018 11:48 AM, tomas@xxxxxxxxxx wrote:
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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 :-)

- -- tomás
Version: GnuPG v1.4.12 (GNU/Linux)


Many thanks to all who responded.

LibreOffice did it!!!!!!

Stephen P. Molnar, Ph.D.
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