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(This is Lubuntu 13.04)

I have a damaged .doc (word) file, made with abiword. The power went off, and damaged the file. I tried reading it in libreoffice as well. Any advice on how repairing this file on Ubuntu?

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what happens when you try to open it with libreoffice? is there any recovery screen? –  philshem May 12 '13 at 23:00
This is what libreoffice says: File format error found at 151,163 (row, col). Now file recovery dialog opens! –  kjetil b halvorsen May 12 '13 at 23:12
Did you try using the recovery dialog? –  haneefmubarak May 12 '13 at 23:40

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You might be able to salvage some of the text. Try running this command in a terminal:

strings foo.doc | less

Then scroll through with the enter key.

To filter to only strings of at least ten characters:

strings -n10 foo.doc | less
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strings foo.doc > bar.doc to output all in a doc. askubuntu.com/a/589399/47206. less may not be good when a lot of useful text recovered is separated into short lines of 5-6 characters –  cipricus Feb 24 at 17:18

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