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How can I make sure that Emacs opens files with extension *.rec as normal text files?

When I try to open a file with the extnsion *.rec, I get the error message Running someFile.rec...done without the file being opened.

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I assume that rec-mode is not installed because its status is Available from gnu (see below).

Status of the rec-mode package

What can I do in order for Emacs to open *.rec files as plain, normal text files?

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    Check the variable auto-mode-alist.
    – NickD
    Nov 21 '20 at 14:26
  • Does this answer your question? Make emacs automatically open binary files in hexl-mode
    – Drew
    Nov 21 '20 at 23:13
  • @Drew My rec files are not binary, they are text files with the extension rec. Nov 22 '20 at 8:31
  • That doesn't matter. auto-mode-alist is for any extension and mode. Please consult the doc, and please read that duplicate Q&A.
    – Drew
    Nov 22 '20 at 16:07
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To tell Emacs that *.rec files should be opened in text-mode:

(add-to-list 'auto-mode-alist '("\\.rec\\'" . text-mode))
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Use M-x find-file-literally Emacs will use fundamental-mode as the major mode. Then change to txt mode.

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    Thanks. Is there a way to make Org mode open files in links ([[file:someFile.rec][Rec file]]) in the fundamental or text mode? Nov 21 '20 at 19:20
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    Check the variable auto-mode-alist.
    – NickD
    Nov 21 '20 at 20:03

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