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Author Topic: Crossfire can't read dictionary files after opening them in Notepad  (Read 1105 times)

Devon Martin

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Earlier today, I wanted to go through a section of the NYT wordlist and remove some glaring entries. I decided that the best way to do so was to open the .dict file in Notepad and manually delete the offending lines. I saved the file, but now Crossfire gives a "Can't read dictionary files" error when I open the program.

How can I reverse this error and restore my precious word list? Furthermore, how can I view the entire word list without making it unreadable by Crossfire?

cheapcookies

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Re: Crossfire can't read dictionary files after opening them in Notepad
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2021, 01:18:42 PM »
Either there is a blank line in your list now or you somehow inserted a phantom character in it. Something didn't parse well.

Notepad is a poor editor. I suggest you get a standalone text editor and open the list with it, scan it to see if anything obvious is wrong and save it renamed to another file.

I use Atom. It's free and once you get over the funky folder-project interface it's intuitive enough to use.

Good luck, let us know how it works out. And let this be a lesson to you, always have an original file backed up somewhere before you get ambitious and change things.

cheapcookies

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Re: Crossfire can't read dictionary files after opening them in Notepad
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2021, 01:20:17 PM »
PS - Also make sure you didn't inadvertently add a .txt extension to your .dict file.

 


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