Ubuntu: "order not found" when trying to open a text file


If you have recently updated Ubuntu and you have found that you had some text files on your desktop that you can no longer open, then here you can find the solution. Surely you have noticed that text files do not open on your desktop and a message like «order not found«, Preventing it from opening with a text editor.

Don't worry, it has a simple solution. The problem is that it seems that when updating something happens and it prevents them from being opened normally with the text editor. You may have noticed that if you open them from the file manager they can be opened normally, on the other hand, it does not work on the desktop. If that has happened to you, you must follow the following steps ...

The steps to fix this problem they are simple:

  1. Right click on the file that you cannot open.
  2. Now, select the Properties option from the menu that appears.
  3. Then go to the tab called Permissions.
  4. You will see that the box Allow to run the file as a program is active.
  5. Uncheck it, as long as it is not a script that needs to be run.
  6. Now you can get out of the window. You just have to try to open it normally, and it should already work correctly.

This problem is absurd, and easy to solve. The problem is that it could represent a major security threat. All plain text files that have been marked as executable could be used by third parties for malicious things.

By the way, if you're interested, you can also see this other, about another problem you may have when updating to Ubuntu 20.04 with the Steam client of videogames. There I explain how to solve another minor problem that I have detected when updating the system, but that does not have a major impact and is solved easily and quickly.

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