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    Is there a way to save an email attachment to the SD card?

    Is there a way in Android to "associate" a file extension with an executable, like in Windows? I receive attachments with the extension ".log" and cannot open them or save them to disk. They are actually .TXT files.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrankXS View Post
    Is there a way to save an email attachment to the SD card?

    Is there a way in Android to "associate" a file extension with an executable, like in Windows? I receive attachments with the extension ".log" and cannot open them or save them to disk. They are actually .TXT files.

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    I did manage to find the downloaded attachments in the "Download" folder using Astro File Manager (available in the Market). And, I can then display the ".log" plain text files using "OfficeSuite" which I also installed from the Market.

    But, I would really like to be able to associate these "log" files in such a way that I could download and click on them in my email to open them. Right now I get a message saying "not supported file format" (or similar).

    I was looking through Astro and it seems to have extensions associated with mime types. But I can't figure out if I can do what I want or if it will work. I'm afraid if I dink around in there with Astro without knowing what I'm doing I'll mess something up (famous last words! ).

    I should add that the mime type for .log was already set to "plain text".

    Maybe a different office suite? I'm happy to pay for whatever works, that's not the issue.

    TIA,

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    In Mail go to just the account you want settings > general settings > attachement cache you can make it internal or external storage
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    Quote Originally Posted by realitydigg View Post
    In Mail go to just the account you want settings > general settings > attachement cache you can make it internal or external storage
    Thanks. I did find that. But the issues is not so much where they are stored, but how to open and read them from within my email.

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    Have you tried to long press the attachment? You should get a popup asking what you want to use to open the file with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by squintter View Post
    Have you tried to long press the attachment? You should get a popup asking what you want to use to open the file with.
    Thanks for your reply.

    Yes, I tried a long press. A long press on the attachment from within my email doesn't do anything that just tapping does - "unable to open this file". It's just because of the ".log" extension. Although a long press using Astro in the file system does give me this prompt.

    Anyway, I have now purchased Officesuite Pro (I like it) and since I have now found where these attachments are on-disk (SD Card /download folder) I can open them with Officesuite. Officesuite prompts me "do you want to import this plain text file", I say yes and it works fine. Officesuite will automagically open other "normal" extension attachments directly from my email (i.e. doc, docx, xls, xlsx, etc. - well not ".etc" ).

    I am satisfied with this. Most attachments are known file types. And looking in the SDcard/download directory is not a big deal occasionally.

    I also purchased Astro File Manager. Very cool. The free Astro is supported with ads, I decided I wanted to pay the $2.99 to get rid of the ads. Officesuite Pro was $14.99. I'm happy now

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    Hi,

    I had exactly the same problem and wrote an app that does not require you to go into any other apps. Once you installed my App, you get a "View" button in your email attachment list that immediately shows the log file. The app is called "Log File Viewer"; you can download it from here:

    If you have any comments, let me know :-)

    Cheers,
    Michael

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