Read Error. Format error discovered in the file in sub-document content.xml at 2,321994355(row,col)

I am getting an error when I try to open a .ods file that I use frequently.

Read Error.
Format error discovered in the file in sub-document content.xml at 2,321994355(row,col).

Thanks for your help.

I am using Libre Office version Version: (x64)
Type of file: OpenDocument Spreadsheet (.ods)

Does anyone know how I can fix this?


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Newer Calc has:
1048576 rows
16384 columns

This is irrelevant. I assume this is a response to

but this original part of the error message has nothing to do with Calc’s columns/rows. It’s about line and character position in the XML where the read ended when the problem was detected; and XMLs inside ODF are kept without newlines - so basically, an XML looks like

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<office:document ... a REALLY long line, maybe hundreds of millions of characters, with thousands of ODF elements and all the data ... >

and so, most of the time, the error is somewhere in that overlong second line, at some character in the middle of its insane length … giving that 2,321994355(row,col). There are occasions when the XMLs contain some newlines in its data, and those newlines could break the overlong line 2 into several - and then you could have some other number instead of “2” in the error message … but that is another story.

@jcldfltr0803 without the problematic file, and some work on its internals to try to recognize and manually fix the incorrect format data there, there’s nothing to be done with this. And if you have a reproducible scenario how to arrive at such a corruption from a normal state, please file a bug report.

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Update: I used Repair Ods (OpenOffice / LibreOffice calc) File Online for Free and about half of my file was recovered.

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Nice to hear.

The .ods zip container’s content.xml file is corrupted. Unzipping that Finances.ods gives
inflating: content.xml bad CRC 5d76e49c (should be 24e01654)
which means the zip file’s data was modified after been written. That may be due to a failing hard disk, a driver error, any software overwriting things. As you provided the file via Dropbox, if you are using that with folders you’re storing documents in it may also be related or the culprit.

In a pretty-printed (processed by XML reformatting ignoring errors) form starting at line 7256977 of ~7265199 or so content.xml contains quite some garbage (bad element names) that gets worse and worse including actual data corruption towards the end of file and is beyond being easily repairable. Best restore from a last known good backup. But probably you don’t have any, otherwise you wouldn’t have asked here. For the future, Preventing data disaster - The Document Foundation Wiki .

If someone knowledgeable invests time one might be able to reconstruct quite a portion of the document content, but much of everything following the garbage start will be lost. Searching for badness start in an editor the regular expression table-[^=]*[0-9] seems to work, finding table:table-cell table:num7er-columns-repeated= instead of table:table-cell table:number-columns-repeated= and scrolling down reveals more and more garbage and after a while there’ll also be 20able:table-20ab instead of <table:table-cell and getting worse. It seems the zip file entry’s character repetition table is broken.


Thanks for the feedback. I was hoping that it was problem that could be fixed. I appreciate your time.


Does Dropbox have older versions of your file? For a paid account you can recover back to 30 days. You would need to go to the web page probably.