Try explicitly specify sc.textFile("file:///path to the file/"). The error occurs when Hadoop environment is set.

SparkContext.textFile internally calls org.apache.hadoop.mapred.FileInputFormat.getSplits, which in turn uses org.apache.hadoop.fs.getDefaultUri if schema is absent. This method reads "fs.defaultFS" parameter of Hadoop conf. If you set HADOOPCONFDIR environment variable, the parameter is usually set as "hdfs://..."; otherwise "file://".