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Old 10-29-2007, 12:55 PM   #1
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Thunar, aterm, etc. launching into random folder vs. home directory


This started happening yesterday and I have no idea why. I'm using xfce and on my quick launch bar thing at the bottom I have thunar for my file manager and aterm as my terminal.

Yesterday I noticed thunar would open in a directory a few levels lower into my home directory and I couldn't figure out why. To get around this I just changed the command to (thunar /home/brett). However, today I noticed aterm is doing the same thing, and opening in the same subdirectory. I don't know how to tell aterm where to open and this is really annoying. I'm sure it must be some system wide setting or else they wouldn't both be doing this, but I don't know where to even look to change this at. Any ideas?
 
Old 10-30-2007, 08:35 PM   #2
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It doesn't seem any knows why this is going on. It's pretty baffling to me, I see no reason why this would happen, and it seems to be just a truly random event.

Another thing I just noticed which I thought may help in deciphering the problem, it happens regardless what user I am logged on as. The directory that loads up is /home/brett/work/programming/python/practice. I just logged on as root and it opens everything in that directory as well. My $HOME env variable is set to /home/brett.

Also, this is tied to either xfce or xwindows as it doesn't happen while in runlevel 3, only after I start the x server.

Last ditch cry for help: Please someone help me out here, this is really annoying! I will be forever grateful, or at least a few minutes.
 
Old 10-30-2007, 08:48 PM   #3
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ok, well I just fixed it. I'm not exactly sure how though. What I did was open up Thunar and aterm in my home directory and I logged out of xfce which causes it to save the current session, I normally just reboot the computer while it's loaded. So then I rebooted and once I got back up it restored the session as it normally does. I opened aterm and it was just in my home directory.

The reason I say I'm now exactly sure how is because of 2 reasons. The first is I just don't understand why doing what I did would fix anything, I'm guessing this is some kind of a bug with xfce, though I don't know how to cause it either. The other reason is because maybe simply rebooting helped it, I am not sure if I've done that or not since the error occurred, the only time I ever reboot is if I need to go into windows to play a game or something which I rarely do, so I don't know when that was last.
 
  


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