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Re: Corrupted notebook

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  • Subject: [mg21722] Re: Corrupted notebook
  • From: Jens-Peer Kuska <kuska at>
  • Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2000 03:45:26 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: Universitaet Leipzig
  • References: <86abfm$>
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your prospects are very bad. You can try the following:

 Take a ASCII editor and try to delete all graphics/PostScript stuff
   in your notebbook. Be carefull to delete only complete Cell[]
   perherps by using an editor like Textpad (my favored ASCII 
   editor on an Windows box) that can jump to matching brackets.

While you are looking into the notebook structure you will
find some corruped cells that containt true garbage of data,
try to remove these cells as good as you can.

Hope that helps

jvera at wrote:
> Dear members,
> A notebook of mine, containing painfully gathered
> work of mine, is now corrupted.
> I browsed through MathGroup archives and found
> Corruption.m . I successfully installed and ran it,
> using a command that started writing my file cell
> by cell to a new notebook, named Untitled-2.
> This process went on and on, for more than 12
> hours. (Yes, I know, my processor is slow, with a
> fast one it would have been 3 or 4 hours). I went
> to bed and my PC went on working.
> In the morning I went directly to the machine,
> anxious to see my brand new corrected file.
> I only found the kernel opened. The 2 notebooks
> that were running (Untitled-1 performing the
> Corruption.m tasks, and Untitled-2) were now closed.
> What happened to the very long list of cells that
> were written to Untitled-2? Are they lost, or lying
> somewhere in the kernel? I am affraid to close it,
> since I could lose the information.
> I had seen postings in MathGroup about corrupted
> files, but, as it often happens, did not think it
> would occur to me. In my study fo related postings
> in MathGroup, I saw about an interesting way of
> doing a backup copy, by changing some kernel general
> setting that eliminates all of the outputs. I did
> not find out how does it work yet, though.
> I am really scared. Maybe I could get some help on
> the issue, as I have done previously. This list is
> very useful.
> I also would be glad to know of anything like an online
> support for Mathematica users, where one could solve
> emergencies like this one. The WRI pages where I got the
> Corruption.m application gave no tips about the way the
> package was going to work.
> Thank you very much.
> Julio Vera
> Alenar SA
> Uruguay
> Sent via
> Before you buy.

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