manually changing content.xml > invalid xml.. but why

Regina Henschel rb.henschel at
Wed Sep 4 19:23:32 UTC 2019


I do not unzip to a folder. But I use "Open Archive" from 7-Zip. The 
context menu of content.xml then has "View" and "Edit". I have setup 
7-Zip to use "XML Notepad" with "Edit" and Notepad++ with "View". Then I 
use either of them to change the content of content.xml and use "Save" 
in those applications. Then close them. Now 7-Zip ask whether I want to 
update the file. Say "yes" and close 7-Zip. It has always worked. You 
might notice, that I'm working on Windows 10.

 From my experience with unzipping to folder, a very common error is, 
that people do not zip the content of the folder, but the entire folder.

Kind regards

Eike Rathke schrieb am 04-Sep-19 um 20:26:
> Hi Cor,
> On Wednesday, 2019-09-04 19:45:33 +0200, Cor Nouws wrote:
>> So I try to remove from the content.xml.
>> This results in invalid xml file.. that LO needs to repair on opening.
>> Already the slightest change in the xml file (adding a space in string
>> "foo") makes the file invalid.
> How do you re-zip the file? Best is to freshen the zip with just the
> content.xml to keep the original file order and compression, i.e. the
> 'mimetype' file MUST be the first entry in the zip archive and MUST NOT
> be compressed. So,
>    zip -f filename.ods content.xml
> should do. If that doesn't help then it's something different ("invalid
> xml" is a vague description).
>    Eike
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