Opening a new tab in gnome-terminal no longer retains cwd

Bug #1193993 reported by Michael Gratton on 2013-06-24
This bug affects 12 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ubuntu GNOME

Bug Description

In gnome-terminal 3.6 in Qantal and earlier, opening a terminal in new tab resulted in the current working directory of teh new new terminal being the same as cwd in the terminal where the new tab was opened - you get a new terminal in the same directory.

After upgrading to Raring and the GNOME3 PPA with gnome-terminal 3.8, this no longer works - the cwd of terminals in new tabs is always $HOME.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 13.04
Package: gnome-terminal 3.8.2-0ubuntu1~raring1 [origin: LP-PPA-gnome3-team-gnome3-staging]
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.8.0-25.37-generic 3.8.13
Uname: Linux 3.8.0-25-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.9.2-0ubuntu8.1
Architecture: amd64
Date: Mon Jun 24 14:18:32 2013
InstallationDate: Installed on 2011-06-03 (751 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" - Release amd64 (20110427.1)
MarkForUpload: True
SourcePackage: gnome-terminal
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to raring on 2013-06-19 (5 days ago)

Michael Gratton (mjog) wrote :
summary: - Opening a new tab lo longer retains cwd
+ Opening a new tab in gnome-terminal no longer retains cwd
Tim Lunn (darkxst) wrote :

This probably wont get fixed for raring + PPA since it requires changes to bashrc.

As a workaround, add the following line to the end of ~/.bashrc:

. /etc/profile.d/

Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) wrote :

Well we can probably backport the fix to the Raring PPA but it may take a while before it's fixed in Saucy.

xavierzhao (xavierzhao-private) wrote :

Hi, Tim
I was added . /etc/profile.d/ to end of ~/.bashrc, but not working

Elthariel (elthariel) wrote :

Fixes it for me. Thanks

Sources it for .zshrc, .bashrc or both depending on the shell you're using

Jing Zhang (wanderer.wetware) wrote :

It also works for me. Thanks.

$ cat /etc/issue
\Ubuntu 14.04 LTS \n \l

$ uname -a
Linux Z-J 3.13.0-24-generic #47-Ubuntu SMP Fri May 2 23:30:00 UTC 2014 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

Simone (tigerjack89) wrote :

The workaround works for me on Ubuntu 14.04 x64

Le Tian Ren (gpanda+) wrote :

The workaround works for me on Ubuntu 14.04 x64

iBart (bart-) wrote :

Why does this bug have a 'New' status after three years?

Angel (campoverdeangelf) wrote :


I have had this problem for about a year and a half in my university, since I was hired. I was always too busy to dig into this. Now I finally found out the reason. In retrospective this bug has made me waste a lot of time, because I always have had to cd to the directory where I was working in the last tab.

I just can't believe people can be so negligent and leave this unattended for so many years.


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