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

Sam Varshavchik mrsam at
Sat Dec 28 14:28:43 UTC 2013

Michael Schwendt writes:

> 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
> that.

It is not user-specific configuration. This occurs for newly-created users  
too. I have not done anything to nautilus, I don't even know where its  
configuration settings are.

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