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Help, I have Syntax Errors in allmost all files

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  • Subject: [mg14034] Help, I have Syntax Errors in allmost all files
  • From: bcash at (Bill)
  • Date: Wed, 16 Sep 1998 14:12:12 -0400
  • Organization: JavaNet Cafe
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Hi all,
	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.


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