2004.05.19 13:00 "[Tiff] Re: Recovering tiff faxes corrupted with 3.6.0", by Andrew McGill
Thanks for the reply - I stayed up late in this time zone, and yes, I did find that hacking tiffset was not the joy I had intended. I did download a copy of the TIFF spec (6.0) from Adobe, and I found that the following fixes this corruption very neatly (and corrupts perfectly good tiff files as well):
# Public domain
# 266 03=short 01=std, 02=rev
# Tag Type Count Value
# 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
The code searches for the "FillOrder" block tag = 0A01 type=0300 count=01000000 value=0200 and sets the value to 0100, which reverses the bit order. (I couldn't convince perl to search for \x0A which should be at the head of the block, so I left it off).
The reason this works, as I understand it is that libtiff (unpatched) reversed the fillorder in the data, but the header was marked as read-only. Reversing the fillorder in the header makes the files readable again.
You are welcome to put this in the contrib section or hide it in the documentation
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