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Re: Wolfram Workbench source editor and corrupted file

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  • Subject: [mg97141] Re: Wolfram Workbench source editor and corrupted file
  • From: David Bailey <dave at>
  • Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2009 04:25:36 -0500 (EST)
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Kelly, Mark C wrote:
> Hello, I have a simple question.
> I have an important Mathematica Notebook (.nb) file which became corrupted. 
> The end of it is missing (incomplete), and I cannot seem to salvage the 
> contents yet. 
> I read that I could use the Source Editor in Wolfram-Workbench to 
> examine the corrupted file, and make usable the "complete" parts which
> are still there. 
> However, it is not apparent how to "see" (view/edit) the NoteBook file
> in Workbench. I have imported it, but I cannot see it...I just see a
> 4-line long bit.  
> But using a text editor I see that there are really thousands of lines.
> My question is:  how can I view and edit the nb file, so as to "fix" it
> to make parts of it usable again? 
> Maybe vim or Notepad+ or the like are preferable to the WW SourceEditor? 
> Thank you for any info or assistance,
> /Mark
> -------------------
> Mark C Kelly, PhD
> Scientist, Ris=F8/DTU
Indeed - I would use a simple text editor - whichever you are most 
familiar with - ideally one that can do bracket matching!

A notebook is a text file containing a Mathematica structure, itself 
containing a list of cells and a collection of options. This is followed 
by some cache information which may be discarded, as it will be 
recreated by Mathematica.

First, don't work on the corrupted file itself - use a copy, because it 
is easy to mess it up further!

Clean up the cell structure, and since your file is truncated, you 
should add the options from a similar notebook. This is easy in 
principle, but if you make a syntax error, Mathematica will not help much!

Once you have a file that will load, save it back to recreate the cache 

David Bailey

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