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Topic: Corruption of file
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David Bailey

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Re: Corruption of file
Posted: Dec 14, 2012 2:59 AM
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On 11/12/2012 07:24, Alexei Boulbitch wrote:
> Dear community,
> During the work evaluation a cell I got the message:
> "There is a syntax error in the file being read. Do you want to open it as
> a plain text?"
> Upon pressing "Yes" I got the message:
> "There was a syntax error on line 541095 in the file: 2Dgraphics.nb.
> The error was:
> bdnhsNoXjUtzE3OjHyBhBxTcduHehni+"
> And the question, if I wish to open it as a plain text file. Upon the pressing the "Yes" button the hang up starts.
> The file in question cannot be open by Mathematica any more.
> It is Mathematica 9 on Windows XP.
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Quite apart from the failure to open the file as plain text - which is
not really that useful, because it will display BoxForm structures -
there are surely two important questions:

1) Do you have any idea what caused the corruption?

2) Is the notebook important to you, and if so, is it backed up?

Unless this is a bug in Mathematica 9, this sort of thing can happen if
a notebook is written back to a disk just as the system is shut down (or
a removable disk is pulled out).

If you need the data that has been corrupted, you can probably retrieve
most of it using a text editor on the file. Try opening an uncorrupted
notebook with a text editor to see what they contain.

David Bailey

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