Converting .doc to .txt in Linux

William Purcell williamhpurcell at gmail.com
Fri Sep 5 02:14:10 CEST 2008


Here is a function that I have used with wvText to convert .doc files into
text files.

def readdoc(fpath):
    tmp = 'tmp_readdoc.txt'
    cmd = 'wvText %s %s'%(fpath,tmp)
    os.system(cmd)
    lines = open(tmp,'r').readlines()
    os.unlink(tmp)
    return lines

It's not a completely python dependent function but it might work in a
pinch. It depends on wv. I have tried the python uno and the Danny OOoLib
modules, which might be worth looking into but I didn't have much luck.

If you find a better or a completely python dependent method, let me know.

FWIW

-Bill
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