[TUHS] attachments: MIME and uuencode (fwd)

Larry McVoy lm at mcvoy.com
Tue Mar 14 01:35:33 AEST 2017


Hey Steve,

I'll take a crack at porting these if you don't mind.  I hate word
and if your docx2troff can tease apart a word doc into roff, that
would be *awesome*.

On Mon, Mar 13, 2017 at 11:41:51PM +1100, Dave Horsfall wrote:
> I think this was supposed to go public...
> 
> -- 
> Dave Horsfall DTM (VK2KFU)  "Those who don't understand security will suffer."
> 
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 11:39:45 +0000
> From: Steve Simon <steve at quintile.net>
> To: dave at horsfall.org
> Subject: Re: [TUHS] attachments: MIME and uuencode
> 
> I still actively fight office. I wrote docx2troff and xlsx2txt.
> 
> The former can extract txt or troff source from modern (DOCX / OPC) document
> as can the latter though, by their nature excel tables don't map well to tbl(1).
> 
> These are written for plan9 and so the libraries are a bit different,
> but they could be ported to unix without too much pain.
> 
> Shout if anyone is interested.
> 
> -Steve

> Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 16:39:29 +1100 (EST)
> From: Dave Horsfall <dave at horsfall.org>
> To: The Eunuchs Hysterical Society <tuhs at tuhs.org>
> Subject: Re: [TUHS] attachments: MIME and uuencode
> 
> On Sun, 12 Mar 2017, Larry McVoy wrote:
> 
> [...]
> 
> > This actually caught some really bad behaviour on HP's part (this is all 
> > ancient history so I doubt anyone cares).  They sucked it into Word, 
> > turned on track changes, made some minor changes, then turned off track 
> > changes and made some major changes.  If I had been trusting Word's 
> > history we would not have noticed the major changes.  But I didn't, I 
> > caught them, when they were presented to HP they did the classic 
> > "however did that happen, we have no idea, blah, blah, blah".  Pretty 
> > darn sleazy.
> 
> A former boss of mine used to get quotes in Word all the time (we were a 
> Unix house); he used to run "strings" against the document, and challenge 
> the supplier with the fact that they were giving a competitor a better deal.
> 
> To this day, "strings" is still my best Word decoder...
> 
> -- 
> Dave Horsfall DTM (VK2KFU)  "Those who don't understand security will suffer."


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