WP8 Filtrix File
Conversion Patch for MS Word Doc's
From: "Leon A. Goldstein" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
For almost two months WP8/8.1 Linux users have had no
functional MS Word doc file conversion capability. Corel
was informed, but has as of today offered NO fix. Nor
have they announced any plans to do so.
A Corel WP8-Linux list member in Amsterdam devised the
following patch. I tested it and itworks, without any negative
effect. Although the patch "fools" the filter with the time. it
does not change the file date data in any way I have
On September 9, 2001 the Corel Word Perfect 8 for Linux file
conversion utility ceased functioning.
The "Filtrix" program licensed by Corel was affected by the
UNIX "1 Billion Second" bug, and reverted to a trial mode. WP8
users were unable to convert Microsoft Word documents. Instead,
"Filtrix" generated a temporary file with numerous errors that
need hand editing. WP8 users were then "invited" to order a
paid license key from Blueberry Software, the originators of
the Filtrix file conversion utility. After waiting more
than six weeks for Corel to provide a fix to this problem, an
enterprising computer consultant in Amsterdam NL compiled a
small patch that restores full functionality to the WP8 file
The patch can be downloaded from
The download is a 10.2 KB TAR file.
Copy the TAR.GZ to a temporary directory, then run
tar -zvxf wp8filtrixfix.tar.gz
"cd" into the new directory:
Then read and follow the installation instructions:
You can also use your own favorite text reader.
The author of the patch is Valentijn Sessink, a
consultant working at Open Office, a Netherlands company that
supports Linux on the Desktop He writes:
> About Open Office:
> We are a small company that supports Linux on the
Desktop. Our first installation was (back in) 1999, a small law
firm (15 desktops) here in Amsterdam.
> Sun Microsystems has started a project with the
same name. We are not affiliated with Sun in any way.
> That said, we are very much pro-open-source and we
like the open sourcing of StarOffice.
> About me: Linux user since 1997; author of the
alsa-sound-driver-HOWTO, to be found at any LDP mirror - and in
the need of a rewrite.
> You can link to the actual wp8fix page I already sent
you. This is our "high volume" web site. The company website is
Additional details about the WP8 Filtrix Fix:
The patch was only possible because WordPerfect actually uses
three different programs for the filtering, and actually
/calls/ those programs. So my patch consists of three
1) I rename the original programs to fxwpf.orig, inww6.orig and
2) I made three small scripts with these program names
(WordPerfect is oblivious to this and will gladly call my
3) My scripts call the original programs, but they first load a
small wrapper library that says "the time is 915145293".
The difficulty lies in the fact that both WordPerfect and the
Filtrix filters use the time to calculate a certain "license
key" - and Filtrix cannot calculate one after 1,000,000,000
seconds after January 1, 1970. So besides sending a different
time, I needed to find out the correct license key for this
time - which you will find in my scripts.
Leon A. Goldstein
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