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

Michael Schwendt mschwendt at
Sat Dec 28 11:23:15 UTC 2013

On Fri, 27 Dec 2013 21:47:56 -0500, Sam Varshavchik wrote:

> Previously, experimentation showed that gnome-terminal spawns a shell with  
> the current directory inherited from the parent process, and nautilus now  
> appears to run with its current directory as /.

It doesn't do that here. It's specific to your machine.

> I'm guessing that in F19  
> nautilus 3.8 ran with $HOME for its current directory, and F20's nautilus  
> 3.10 runs from /. Just guessing that this is really nautilus's bug. I think  
> a good argument can be made for nautilus to reset to $HOME after forking off  
> a child process for a launched application, if it's running from /.

Too much speculation. It's good that you can show that it does that for
your machine, but more interesting would be to find out why/when it does

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