Lotus Notes: Notes Databas file

Posted on 2000-03-29
Last Modified: 2013-12-18

I have a *.nsf file which was opened by a notepad by mistake. Now I cannot open this database on Lotus notes. There are a lot of files inside the datbase.

Is there anyway I can rectify this problem or atleast acccess my files indirectly.

Question by:salagian

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stharris earned 50 total points
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I'm sorry to tell you that this dB is toast.  It actually was not the action of opening it in Notepad, but the fact that it was saved.  I know cause I ran through a test scenario.  No problem if just opened and not saved, but if saved the and then tried to op Notes came back with an error dialog indicating "Invalid NSF version".  This occurred in R4 and R5.  I could not replace the design, rebuild the views, run Fixup, Updall and everything else I tried always gave me an error.  I hope that I'm wrong and that there is a way, but it does not look hopeful.

Sorry : (

St. Harris
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Try this

Open the Explorer window and select any nsf file and then hold Shift and right click on the file and this will give you a menu, which included 'open with' option, click this option, which will display list of registered applications select if notes is available or click other button to locate notes.exe. Then check 'Always use this program to open this file.' This will register all nsf files to open with notes.

Good Luck

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I believe that salagian is saying the database is corrupt, not the default application for the extension NSF has been changed.


Is this a correct assumption?

St. Harris
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It certainly sounds to me like the poor binary .nsf was turned into useless text.  (If that didn't do very bad things, the world would have never needed uuencode...)  Sadly, this mistake is a one-way street.

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Wow, I just re-read my original post and the fourth sentence is really screwed up.  It should have said:
No problem if it was just opened and not save, but if I saved the dB and then tried to re-open, Notes came back with an error dialog indicating "Invalid NSF version".

Sorry about the encryption ;^ )

St. Harris

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Thanks St.Harris:

I remember opening it in Notepad but I think I might have saved it at the end. I was just wondering if there was any shortcut to the files inside the DB but it is hopeless. Thanks anyway.


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