RE: Help, I have Syntax Errors in almost all files

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg14056] RE: [mg14034] Help, I have Syntax Errors in almost all files*From*: "Ersek, Ted R" <ErsekTR at navair.navy.mil>*Date*: Fri, 18 Sep 1998 03:50:38 -0400*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

Make a little notebook. You might have to experiment with different types of cells and so on. You can then open the notebook with a text editor, and see what a healthy notebooks contains. Then you can open the problem notebooks with a text editor, and compare it with the healthy notebook. If all the notebooks that give you trouble are large you might have a big problem. Also If you have regular or premier service you might email one of the smaller problem notebooks to tech support. Ted Ersek ______________________ Bill Wrote: What misery has befallen me, whoa is me. I accidently deleted a directory with quite a few notebooks in it. No problem I thought, just get out the trusty Norton undelete program. It did work like a charm and "recovered" all of my notebooks. My problem now is that over half of the notebooks that I open have syntax errors in them. The exact message that I get is "There was a syntax error in the file being read. This indicates that the file has become corrupted, or was generated incorrectly......." The next message that I get tells me that there was a syntax error on line so and so and tells me that "the error was a syntax error on line % Id in the file %s. The error was %s." Is Mathematica telling me a specific error or referring to a previous output? Sometimes the file opens with the affected part highlighted. But I don't know the syntax well enough to spot an error. I suspect that the recovery program probably inserted the same character in all the files. I think that if I poke around in them a bit I can find something common to all, but what to look for and more importantly with what text editor? I have about 60 files that I would like to recover. Any suggestions where I should start or what I ought to be looking for? Thanks for "listening" to me and even greater thanks for any help you can offer.