gnome-terminal in F20 defaults to / for the initial directory

Michael Schwendt mschwendt at
Fri Dec 27 00:27:47 UTC 2013

On Thu, 26 Dec 2013 19:17:04 -0500, Sam Varshavchik wrote:

> That's pretty much it. After upgrading to F20, launching gnome terminal  
> starts a shell with its current directory of / instead of $HOME. Very  
> annoying.
> gnome-terminal appears to inherit the parent process's home directory. If I  
> launch gnome-terminal from another terminal window, the new shell's initial  
> directory is the parent's. Curiously, the shell's parent process is gnome- 
> terminal-server, whose current directory is $HOME. 
> going on.
> The likely explanation is that I'm launching new gnome-terminal session from  
> a desktop icon (since Gnome 3's brain damaged "Activities" screen always  
> moronically activates one of the existing terminal windows, instead of  
> creating new terminal session), and I see that the nautilus process's home  
> directory is /, I guess that's what's going on, but I still just want to  
> have my new shells come up in $HOME by default.

Some people start new gnome-terminal windows either via "right-click ->
New Window" or via "Ctrl + left-click". Assuming you refer to the Favourites
bar at the left.

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