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

Sam Varshavchik mrsam at
Fri Dec 27 19:23:14 UTC 2013

Rahul Sundaram writes:

> Hi
> On Fri, Dec 27, 2013 at 12:02 PM, Sam Varshavchik wrote:
>    Because it's par for the course
> Not in this case.  You have specific behavior which doesn't match anyone  
> else.  You should create a new user and check.  If you can still reproduce  
> it, file a bug report.

Creating a new user made no difference, of course. Same behavior –  
launching via gnome3's activities or search starts the shell in the new  
account's home directory. Copying gnome-terminal.desktop into ~/Desktop, and  
launching it from the icon, launches the shell in /.

But I feel a little silly for overlooking the obvious fix: changing the  
icon to execute:

sh -c "cd $HOME; gnome-terminal &"

Now, on to finding an explanation for systemd spinning its wheels, doing  
absolutely nothing, for two minutes, on every boot…

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