Cannot select working directory other than own home in applications

Bug #1080169 reported by Markus Michels on 2012-11-17
This bug affects 4 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
ubuntu-meta (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Linked this report to ubuntu in general, because I discovered this behavior in at least two applications in gnome:

Open any libre office app. Go to options, paths, edit template paths.
Click "add".
Choose any path on system, in my case "/home-shared/config/templates/startup-templates" (which holds standards templates I sync across a number of machines)
Click ok
The path added to libre office reads "/home/markus" (my real home folder)

Open arista transcoder
clieck create conversion
click on source
Select "choose directory"
Choose any directory on your system
Selected directory become my /home/markus directory again.

So it makes me believe that there is some thing wrong under the hood in gnome or anywhere else in linux since it affects at least two applications with the same symptoms.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 12.10
Package: ubuntu-desktop 1.287
Uname: Linux 3.6.6-030606-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
ApportVersion: 2.6.1-0ubuntu6
Architecture: amd64
Date: Sat Nov 17 21:20:01 2012
InstallationDate: Installed on 2012-06-07 (163 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS "Precise Pangolin" - Release amd64 (20120425)
MarkForUpload: True
SourcePackage: ubuntu-meta
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to quantal on 2012-10-16 (32 days ago)

Markus Michels (michels-markus) wrote :
Markus Michels (michels-markus) wrote :

Just figured out that the stock kernel (3.5.0-19 in my case) shows exactly the same (wrong) behavior.

Also could verify this bug using fslint. Selecting a directory to find duplicates other than own home directory only yields another /home/markus entry.

This bug renders many applications useless in daily practice. Please address with respective attention.

Thanks a lot in advance,


trekfan1 (trekfan1) wrote :

Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal amd64 & Ubuntu 13.04 Raring amd 64, same problem with fslint.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in ubuntu-meta (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Pushkin (kovshovik-alexandr) wrote :

Is there a kernel version with the fix implemented? Or is there the work-around for it?

aldebx (aldebx) wrote :

It is impossible to select any other file/folder beside the home folder navigating through nautilus interface.

However there is a workaround: Write the desired path with the keyboard (e.g. /home/user/Documents/Folder)

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