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Re: Microsoft Does It Again


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 (let's fact it, they
> don't pay attention), but I have a problem with an Excel file.
> For reasons unbeknownst to me, somehow it got saved as an Excel OOXML file.
> I find that i don't have a Linux app that seems to able to open the file.

That's to be expected. M$ are relative newbies then it comes to vendor
lock-in, but they mastered this trick slowly last 30 years or so.

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

Try xlsx2csv. It's a nasty python script, but it beats unpacking ooxml
(hint - it's a zip archive in disguise) and trying to decypher
underlying XML parody.


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