Gnome-terminal follows symbolic links instead of staying in the current directory when opening a new tab

Bug #263637 reported by François Ingelrest on 2008-09-01
This bug affects 12 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
GNOME Terminal
Fix Released
gnome-terminal (Ubuntu)
Ubuntu Desktop Bugs

Bug Description

Binary package hint: gnome-terminal

1) cd /tmp
2) mkdir -p A/AA
3) mkdir B
4) cd B
5) ln -s ../A/AA
6) cd AA

The current directory is /tmp/B/AA. Open a new tab, you're now in /tmp/A/AA.

François Ingelrest (athropos) wrote :

This happens all the time to me, because in my job I write a lot of research papers, all of them being in a Subversion repository. Since I like to use a different hierarchy than the other people I'm working with, I've got a separate directory with many symbolic links, organized in a different way (I store them by year). Each time I open a new tab, I'm back in the SVN repository. That's quite annoying.

Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

confirming, seems to be a problem only with gnome-terminal, terminator and xterm works fine.

Changed in gnome-terminal:
assignee: nobody → desktop-bugs
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Triaged
Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

that's issue C in bug ; according to the upstream authors is not possible to fix that, can you comment on that report if you're interested on it? thanks.

François Ingelrest (athropos) wrote :

I've added a comment, thanks for the link.

Changed in gnome-terminal:
status: Unknown → Confirmed
Changed in gnome-terminal:
importance: Unknown → Medium
Changed in gnome-terminal:
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
Rob Parker (rfdparker) wrote :

I can confirm this is still an issue in Ubuntu 12.04[.3] with the current gnome-terminal package.

Are there any plans for this to be fixed in 12.04?

Marius Gedminas (mgedmin) wrote :

This is still a problem in Ubuntu 17.10, if your shell doesn't use OSC 7 to inform gnome-terminal about the current working directory.

In theory /etc/profile.d/ should set it up automatically, but for some reason that doesn't happen for me. I think that reason is because in Ubuntu gnome-terminal doesn't launch login shells by default, and thus /etc/profile is ignored.

I don't know why the commits from 2012 that are supposed to check $PWD do not work any more. Perhaps a newer version removed them, when the OSC 7 was deemed to be the correct solution?

Marius Gedminas (mgedmin) wrote :

I've just noticed that Debian carries a patch for reading the working directory from /proc if OSC 7 was not in use. This patch doesn't have the "let's look for $PWD in the environment" logic that was supposed to fix this bug.


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