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How do I access a BAK file? (Solved)
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icosahedron


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PostPosted: Tue 19 Feb 2019, 08:09    Post subject:  How do I access a BAK file? (Solved)  

My computer crashed (again).
I was working in Abiword, via Lupu 5.2.5, and I can see a BAK file, which is presumably some form of automated backup of the file I was working on, which (again) I hadn't saved recently enough.

But I can't figure out any way to open that file. It doesn't open with Abiword or with Geany, and if I re-open the original file, the BAK will vanish (I've been here before).

Can someone point me in the right direction, please? Can I get my unsaved work back? If not, what is the purpose of the BAK file?

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PostPosted: Tue 19 Feb 2019, 09:12    Post subject:  

This is not the place in the forum to ask questions.
This is where you post information on how to do something.
You tell us how to do it.


If it is really an Abiword backup file it has to be named like this:
Example:
name of file abiword bak.abw

This is a a Abiword file named test and this is the abiword backup Abiword made:
test abiword bak.abw

Simply click on this file, in the file manger, opens it in Abiword.

What is the bak file specifically named?

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icosahedron


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PostPosted: Tue 19 Feb 2019, 09:26    Post subject:  

Hi Bigpup,
Sorry for placing my query in the wrong section.

The file I can see is called [filename].abw.bak~
where [filename] is the name of the original file.

The file icon is a white background with three green ‘recycling’ arrows.

Sounds like it’s not a ‘real’ backup file, which may be why I can’t open it?

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PostPosted: Tue 19 Feb 2019, 09:51    Post subject:  

icosahedron wrote:
Sounds like it’s not a ‘real’ backup file, which may be why I can’t open it?
It is a real backup file and when you click on it you probably see the message "No run action specified for files of this type (application/x-trash)..."
ROX doesn't know what to do with.

Rename the file. Remove the .bak extension , leave the .abw extension and change the filename, so that it does not conflict with an already existing .abw file. Then try to open the file with Abiword.
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PostPosted: Tue 19 Feb 2019, 10:35    Post subject:  

That message rang a bell from previous attempts, so I tried that, and...

YAY! I got my work back. Very Happy

MochiMoppel, you just taught a guy to fish.

Hopefully, I can get back any future losses with that renaming method, too.

Unlimited thanks and much kudos to you!

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PostPosted: Tue 19 Feb 2019, 11:14    Post subject:  

icosahedron wrote:
Hopefully, I can get back any future losses with that renaming method, too.
Actually you don't have to rename. Just start Abiword and open the file via Abiword's menu File -> Open.
Unless the file is corrupted Abiword will recognize it..
Happy fishing!
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PostPosted: Tue 19 Feb 2019, 11:47    Post subject:  

I tried that on a couple of previous occasions and the files didn't open. Perhaps those times the crash corrupted the file, too.

Still, it worked this time, and maybe it will again.

Cheers. Smile

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