run application home expansion

Bug #325267 reported by susscorfa on 2009-02-04
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
One Hundred Papercuts
gnome-panel (Ubuntu)
Ubuntu Desktop Bugs

Bug Description

I'm using ubuntu 8.10

when running the run dialog (alt-f2) and i want to run a custom executable file in my home dir i try to run ~/
I expect to run but i get the following error

Could not open location 'file:///home/bart/~/'
Error stating file '/home/bart/~/': No such file or directory

I assume something goes wrong here in the expansion of ~

susscorfa (susscorfa) wrote :

i searched for dupes but could not find any so i think that the likely-dup tag is out of place

Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

No, is not wrong, we believe this is a duplicate here or in the upstream bug tracker, that's why it was marked as such. And Yes it's a duplicate indeed, the upstream bug is:, thanks.

Changed in meta-gnome2:
assignee: nobody → desktop-bugs
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Triaged
Changed in gnome-panel:
status: Unknown → Confirmed
susscorfa (susscorfa) wrote :

Ow sorry i looked for duplicates here but didn't think about upstream thanks

nitrogen (i-am-nitrogen) wrote :

The upstream bug has been open for four years while they've been waiting for the "perfect" patch! Why not fix it incrementally, starting with the patch that was already posted to the upstream report two years ago, adding better environment substitution as time goes on?

Does not improve general usability for most users, not a paper cut.

Changed in hundredpapercuts:
status: New → Invalid
nitrogen (i-am-nitrogen) wrote :

This isn't just limited to the "running a custom executable" scenario in the original description, but any case in which a keyboard user wants to quickly open the home directory. Alt-F2, ~, Enter, is really fast and works everywhere but GNOME, and GNOME's own developers don't seem interested in receiving patches for the problem. Why does Linux have to lose some of the things that made it great (like ~ and other expansions in the shell) in order to become "desktop friendly?"

Changed in gnome-panel:
importance: Unknown → Medium
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