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Yes, it's been a whole year since I last posted a blog entry. Between moving from Boston to San Francisco (metro, anyway), countless urgent matters (both professional and personal), and wrapping up Clearview IPMP development (more on that real soon), blogging hasn't exactly been top priority. That said, I have amassed a really nice list of topics for future blog entries over the coming weeks (OK, maybe months ;-).

Before we get to all that though, I have an urgent tip for those who are using GNOME's Nautilus on OpenSolaris build 94 or later. It seems that the GNOME development team (not inside Sun) decided to change the Open Terminal menu item (available by right clicking on the desktop) to Open in Terminal, and correspondingly changed things so that the GNOME terminal will open in your ~/Desktop directory, rather than ~. The unmitigated idiocy and arrogance of this change is beyond comprehension, and the pain associated with it only intensifies with each opened terminal. Nonetheless, thankfully, there is a simple way to restore the previous (correct) behavior:

  gconftool-2 -s /apps/nautilus-open-terminal/desktop_opens_home_dir
              -t bool true 
        
Hope this saves some other poor soul from spending half a day digging through the GNOME sources for a solution.

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thanks for this. I too was perplexed by this change. It's not the directory that i want my xterm to start in!
cheers
peter

Posted by Peter Moore on August 20, 2008 at 02:50 PM EDT #

Thanks for the tip. I thought I was going crazy when I first noticed this, and actually thought I screwed something up. What bozo actually thought this was a good idea?

Posted by Pete on August 20, 2008 at 04:43 PM EDT #

I think the decision probably stems from the need/desire for this functionality when browsing the filesystem via Nautilus, but little thought has been put into what happens when using the right-click menu on the desktop.

I don't use Nautilus for browsing my filesystem, so I don't need this functionality and just wanted the old functionality back. Thanks to you I've got it. Cheers.

Posted by Colin Seymour on August 21, 2008 at 02:29 AM EDT #

The resolution of the bug isn't visible
outside Sun for some reason:

http://bugs.opensolaris.org/view_bug.do?bug_id=6725262

Posted by John Levon on August 21, 2008 at 07:29 AM EDT #

Thanks John, it's great news that they've decided to fix this. I had the mistaken impression that we'd already lost the battle to have sanity restored.

Posted by meem on August 21, 2008 at 10:15 AM EDT #

FWIW, this one wasn't really Sun's fault-- they changed the behaviour of the nautilus termianl plugin upstream (why I don't know), so we've just had to change the default value of that gconf key it in Solaris to restore the previous default behaviour.

Posted by calum on August 23, 2008 at 05:35 AM EDT #

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