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Re: how can I read a MS Word attachment with Debian software

On Sun, Jun 04, 2000 at 01:42:57AM -0300, Jeronimo Pellegrini wrote:
> :: On Sat, 03 Jun 2000 21:51:11 -0700, Erik Ryberg <ryberg@seanet.com> said:
> > Hello,
> > When someone sends me an attachment in word 97 or whatever, what is my
> > best option for reading it with the software available on my Debian disk
> > or the debian site?
> You may try the "word2x" and "mswordview" packages... And I think
> AbiWord is supposed to read .doc files, too, although I had problems
> reading .docs generated by WordPerfect.
> Oh, yes -- there's also WordPerfect, but you won't find it as a .deb
> package (and it's a huge thing, you don't need it if you just wnt to
> read the .docs you may receive).

I've had (surprisingly) good luck with Abiword.  StarOffice works, but
it's a bloated stuck pig.

'strings' is frequently useful for stripping the essence out of
recalcitrant proprietary data formats, and may turn up some interesting
surprises given MS Word's rather broken handling of deletions.

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