Bug 39088 - koffice unable to do MS imports
Summary: koffice unable to do MS imports
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Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: koffice   
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Version: 7.1
Hardware: i386 Linux
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Assignee: Bernhard Rosenkraenzer
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Reported: 2001-05-04 12:54 UTC by Dr. Tilmann Bubeck
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:38 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-05-09 05:56:36 UTC
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Description Dr. Tilmann Bubeck 2001-05-04 12:54:09 UTC
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User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.0; Windows NT; DigExt)

Description of problem:
If you try to import a MS Word file into Kword or a MS Excel file into 
KSpread you get the alert box: "Missing import filter. Could not import 
file of type application/msword".

This is true on a fresh installed RH 7.1 without any modifications. 
Searching results, that these import must be handles by olefilter, which 
is part of the koffice rpm. However, it does not seem to be found... 
Something wrong with the configuration of koffice?

www.koffice.org says, that the MS import filter are not perfect, but they 
work for easy examples. I tried a simple "hello" document without any 
special format.

Same is true for all other koffice components and their corresponding 

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Start kword
2. Select "File->Open"
3. Select "MS Word 97" file format
4. Select a MS word file
5. Message above.

Actual Results:  Missing import filter. Could not import file of type 

Empty document in Kword.

Expected Results:  Imported file.

Additional info:

Comment 1 Bernhard Rosenkraenzer 2001-05-08 13:21:30 UTC
The M$ import filters are far from complete, largely because the 
specifications of the file format are not (at least not legally) available.

There have been a lot of improvements recently, though. The current version 
(in rawhide) may work better for you.

Comment 2 Dr. Tilmann Bubeck 2001-05-09 05:56:32 UTC
No, maybe I did not make the problem clear. Koffice could not import ANYTHING 
because the import filter is MISSING. 

However, I tried 
and this RPM includes the missing import filter and it could import (with some 
defencencies) a MS document.

So I still think, this is a BUG in RH 7.1.

Comment 3 Bernhard Rosenkraenzer 2001-05-14 16:32:07 UTC
No, it isn't. It's a bug in the file format actually. They use at least 4 
different MIME types to handle .doc files; By the time KDE 2.0.1 was released, 
we knew only about one.
If the file you used had one of the other mime types, KOffice can't have found 

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