Can't double click to open files (LibreOffice)

Hello everyone, I have a little problem with LibreOffice that I hope someone can help me with:

When I try to open files with LibreOffice by double clicking on them (docx, pptx, etc) I get an “error code 100 unknown” (not an exact translation as my system is on Spanish), however if I first launch for example, Writer, and then open the file, I get no errors and can open it normally.

I noticed the libreoffice icons on /usr/share/applications are flagged by a orange exclamation mark, but I don’t know how to fix it

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  Distro: Manjaro Linux 
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  UEFI: LENOVO v: 7WCN37WW date: 05/22/2019 
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  Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.8 compositor: kwin_x11 driver: amdgpu 
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Error libreoffice

Please provide the full output of the following commands:

export LANG=C
xdg-open /path/to/file.odt
strace -e trace=open,close,read,write,connect,accept /usr/bin/libreoffice --writer /path/to/file.odt


  1. Check if you have this option enebled:

  2. If didn’t help, in system settings → applications check if you have for odt file proper application assigned.

  3. Looks like it doesn’t have executable rights. Is your username “nobody”? Because it would be strange if there was any file in Linux without owner. It should have your username as user and you should see an option to make it executable.

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Right-click on the file, go to properties, click on “Filetype Options” (or something similar). On the bottom, click add, choose the application, move it to the top, apply and ok.

EDIT: you should be able to do this with the “Open with…” right-click option, but, for some reason, sometimes you have to do it like this.

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thank you for your reply:

  1. I didn’t had it enabled, I enabled it but it didn’t work
  2. Writer does appear at the top of the list
  3. no, there’s no user on the computer with the name “nobody”, I don’t know why it’s set like that. could that be causing the issue?

Hello, I just tried this but Writer is indeed at the top of the list (for .docx and odt). I tried with open with and I get the same error.

I don’t know what could be causing this

This is interesting in the first place why in this folder some files don’t have root permission. Anyway, in such case I would reinstall libreoffice as a first step. It would probably help and take you less time than looking for help.
But looking for help is also good because you can learn Linux this way.

I am just curious, did you install Manjaro and Libreoffice yourself or have it done by someone else?

Enlance means “Link” - I have the same, but User: root, Group: root.
In location /usr/share/applications I have:

Go to this folder and see permissions:
ls -l for all files
Compare what other files ownership right are.

For libreoffice only ls -l libre*

This gives me:

ls -l libre*
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 43 09-03 17:32 libreoffice-base.desktop -> /usr/lib/libreoffice/share/xdg/base.desktop
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 43 09-03 17:32 libreoffice-calc.desktop -> /usr/lib/libreoffice/share/xdg/calc.desktop
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 43 09-03 17:32 libreoffice-draw.desktop -> /usr/lib/libreoffice/share/xdg/draw.desktop
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 46 09-03 17:32 libreoffice-impress.desktop -> /usr/lib/libreoffice/share/xdg/impress.desktop
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 43 09-03 17:32 libreoffice-math.desktop -> /usr/lib/libreoffice/share/xdg/math.desktop
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 50 09-03 17:32 libreoffice-startcenter.desktop -> /usr/lib/libreoffice/share/xdg/startcenter.desktop
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 45 09-03 17:32 libreoffice-writer.desktop -> /usr/lib/libreoffice/share/xdg/writer.desktop
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 49 09-03 17:32 libreoffice-xsltfilter.desktop -> /usr/lib/libreoffice/share/xdg/xsltfilter.desktop

Change ownership to root with sudo chown root:root filename

If doesn’t work uninstall libreoffice with
sudo pacman -Rns libreoffice-frash
sudo pacman -Rns libreoffice-still
depending on what version you have. This should remove all related to libreoffice also configuration files in home -I think so. If you want to keep configuration files this should be I guess just -Rs
You can check it with pacman -Rns -h
Make sure those files were removed and install again.

By the way, you can run Plasma applications with other language by:
export LANG=en_GB.UTF-8; dolphin
export LANG=en_US.UTF-8; dolphin

Please provide the output of ls -la in the path of the desktop files.

Thank you everyone for your contributions, and I want to apologize to all of you for disappearing, but I was really busy at work and I completely forgot I made this post in the first place.

Good news is that somehow the latest manjaro update fixed the issue and libreoffice now works properly. On the other hand the same update made my panel/dock invisible, so I had to create a new post on the KDE section of this forum, but that’s another story.

once again, thank you all!

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