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Re: Help! I've destroyed a language!

From:Tim May <butsuri@...>
Date:Wednesday, February 26, 2003, 19:30
Mike Ellis wrote at 2003-02-26 13:36:26 (-0500)
 > Stephen Mulraney wrote:
 > >Mike,
 > >
 > >Why don't you put the corrupted file somewhere downloadable, so
 > >people can have a look at it. I know I'd have a peek, but I don't
 > >want to get your hopes up by actually *asking* you. I probably
 > >can't do anything; if it's a compression problem, the data is
 > >probably gone, sorry to say. But you never know. Make it
 > >publically available, so interested types can try to squeeze what
 > >data they can out of it (data out of noise, like blood out of
 > >rock). At least then you can be fairly sure that there's nothing
 > >in it. [If you don't have web space, send it to me, and I'll put
 > >it up]
 > I've just tried to upload the archive, and it can't be done. I
 > can't email it either! This computer cannot do ANYTHING to the
 > corrupted file, nor the archive with the corrupted file in it. The
 > computer encounters an error ("Cannot read from specified device"
 > or "Invalid compressed data to inflate"). Argh. It's like the
 > lexicon file is an anchor on the whole archive.

Have you run a check on your hard drive?  Sounds like a corrupt
filesystem to me.  I can't remember what the Windows utility's
called... wait, yeah, it used to be called scandisk, I think.

It's possible that this might restore at least part of the file,
although I wouldn't hold out too much hope, given that it was
originally compressed.