Writer file corrupt, UTF-16 converts to wrong symbols

asked 2019-01-16 05:10:54 +0200

librenewbie gravatar image

updated 2020-07-25 17:43:08 +0200

Alex Kemp gravatar image

Hi folks,

my .rtf file stopped opening in Writer, popup says: "General Input/Output error"

I opened it in WordPad — only 1 page out of 20 is left.

Still, the file weighs 400KB, so I opened it in Notepad only to find 120 pages of text like this:

\u1058\'3f\u1072\'3f\u1084\'3f \u1085\'3f\u1072\'3f \u1075\'3f\u1086\'3f\u1088\'3f\u1110\'3f, \u1085\'3f\u1072\'3f \u1052\'3f\u1072\'3f\u1082\'3f\u1110\'3f\u1074\'3f\u1094\'3f\u1110\'3f, \u1079\'3f\u1072\'3f\u1094\'3f\u1074\'3f\u1110\'3f\u1083\'3f\u1072\'3f \u1082\'3f\u1072\'3f\u1083\'3f\u1080\'3f\u1085\'3f\u1072\'3f

Looks like UTF-16, I tried converting it, but for some reason it converts to Myanmar letter. (The lost text is in Cyrillic).

Do you have any ideas what else can be done?

Thank you.

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The text you pasted is valid RTF markup. If you put it into a simplest RTF:

\u1058\'3f\u1072\'3f\u1084\'3f \u1085\'3f\u1072\'3f \u1075\'3f\u1086\'3f\u1088\'3f\u1110\'3f, \u1085\'3f\u1072\'3f \u1052\'3f\u1072\'3f\u1082\'3f\u1110\'3f\u1074\'3f\u1094\'3f\u1110\'3f, \u1079\'3f\u1072\'3f\u1094\'3f\u1074\'3f\u1110\'3f\u1083\'3f\u1072\'3f \u1082\'3f\u1072\'3f\u1083\'3f\u1080\'3f\u1085\'3f\u1072\'3f}

and open in any editor, you will see

Там на горі, на Маківці, зацвіла калина

If you upload the file, I could take a look. By the way: what LO version you use?

Some background. Un RTF, the Unicode characters are encoded using \uN, where N is decimal code. So, when decoding \u1058, you need to look not for U+1058, but for U+0422.

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2019-01-16 06:32:29 +0200 )edit

I wonder how many times that should be told: NEVER work in foreign file formats. Only after you have finalized your work, export if necessary.

gabix gravatar imagegabix ( 2019-01-16 08:35:28 +0200 )edit

Same question posted on the AOO forum

robleyd gravatar imagerobleyd ( 2019-01-16 09:53:50 +0200 )edit

Mike Kaganski: thank you very much, I was able to save almost entire file!

gabix: I was helping a theatre director who is not into computers

robleyd: I was in crisis so I posted everywhere, hope I didn't start a turf war

everyone: thank you

librenewbie gravatar imagelibrenewbie ( 2019-01-16 18:32:44 +0200 )edit