accessing .docx documents

Chuck Hallenbeck chuckh at
Fri May 29 07:14:17 EDT 2009

Hi Jason,

On Fri, May 29, 2009 at 10:59:48AM +0000, Jason White wrote:
> There is even a Debian package for it. I haven't installed or tested it,
> however.
> Package: unoconv
> New: yes
> State: not installed
> Version: 0.3-5

Unoconv on archlinux does the job, but it was tricky to get running.
Although it is a command line tool, it does require that an X display
be available when it is run.  It does in fact convert .docx documents,
although that extension does not appear in the list of supported

Cheryl Hodiak pointed me to a perl script which does just as well, if
not better, than unoconv with .docx files, and does not require any X
support. However, it is a single format converter, unlike unoconv. 
Scheryl's script was called cryptically docx2txt, and is available from


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