Thursday, January 26, 2012

Fixgz Fixes Binary Files FTPed as Text Files by CR When it Is Followed by LF

http://www.gzip.org/fixgz.zip - "99.9% of the problems with gzip are due to file transfers done in ASCII mode instead of BINARY mode. In particular, gopher is known to corrupt binary files by considering them as ASCII. Make sure that your local copy of the file has exactly the same byte size as the original. If you have transferred a file in ASCII mode and you no longer have access to the original, you can try the program fixgz to remove the extra CR (carriage return) bytes inserted by the transfer. A Windows 9x/NT/2000/ME/XP binary is here. But there is absolutely no guarantee that this will actually fix your file. Conclusion: never transfer binary files in ASCII mode." - Presumably this works with any file binary transferred as ASCII rather binary. Maybe it works with files mistakenly opened it Word or Notepad and saved...I don't know.

06/16/2014 - Note using fixgz.exe I just tried to recover a DOCX zip format file that looks like it was opened in Notepad and saved, but my effort was not successful.

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