Received .dat file - incompatible linux ?

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  1. Ocky

    Ocky Registered Member

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    I remember having been sent a .dat file once before, but have no idea how to handle
    it. This is embarrassing as I had to contact the sender to send me the file in another format.

    So, how does one handle these dat files ?

    file -b attachment.dat
    RFC 822 mail text

    EDIT: I am stupid - it is fine with Thunderbird (of course).
     
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  2. mack_guy911

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    .dat are usally media files try to play them in vlc

    i am able to play them here in VLC
     
  3. Ocky

    Ocky Registered Member

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    I wish. This was serious stuff relating to a deceased estate.
    Thunderbird opened it and showed the attachments, one pdf and one xlsx.
     
  4. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    What does file <filename.dat> say?
    Mrk
     
  5. Ocky

    Ocky Registered Member

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    It's sorted. :) See post #1
    Is that what you mean ?
     
  6. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Ah yes ... I missed that. All is well. I'm stupid too.
    Mrk
     
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    Probably from an exchange server, if not configured correctly sends rtf version and attachments in the winmail.dat file.
     
  8. Ocky

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    Ocky, dat files are created when someone is using MS Word as the frontend for email as opposed to MS Outlook.
    I don't know if Libre Office recognizes the file format.
     
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