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Old 05-30-2012, 02:49 PM   #1
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Starting gnome-terminal in /home directory instead of /


I am running CentOS 6.2 with gnome2.

I've created a keyboard shortcut (through System->Preferences->Keyboard shortcuts) to open an instance of gnome-terminal.

This works fine, and gnome-terminal starts just fine.

However, it starts up in / where as I want it to start in my /home directory, which it does when I start the terminal from the shortcut in Applications->System tools->Terminal.

How can I do this? I've examined the contents of the .desktop file for the shortcut, and it just starts gnome-terminal without any arguments. When I start gnome-terminal without any arguments with the keyboard shortcut, it starts in /.
Old 05-31-2012, 06:15 AM   #2
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You can edit ~/.bashrc to add
cd ~/
at the end. This will then open all new terminals in your home directory.

Or to just to it for those terminals launched from your shortcut, change the shortcut to:

gnome-terminal --working-directory ~/

Last edited by Roken; 05-31-2012 at 06:21 AM.
Old 06-03-2012, 01:41 PM   #3
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Thank you.

the --working-directory was precisely what I was looking for. As you mentioned, this was valid only for terminal started through the keyboard shortcut, as all terminals launched from elsewhere would indeed start in ~.


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