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

Ed Greshko Ed.Greshko at
Sat Dec 28 14:41:42 UTC 2013

On 12/28/13 22:28, Sam Varshavchik wrote:
> 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.

Whatever it is, it certainly seems unique to your system.  I have a newly installed F20 system and nautilus starts with the user's home directory and when I create a desktop icon for gnome-terminal it starts in the user's home directory.

The one thing I've not seen is anyone posting the contents of the desktop file.  Mine is....

[egreshko at f20f Desktop]$ cat gnome-terminal.desktop
[Desktop Entry]
GenericName[en_US]=Gnome Terminal
GenericName=Gnome Terminal

Getting tired of non-Fedora discussions and self-serving posts

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