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I want my terminal to always start at a certain directory instead of home. How can I do this?

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up vote 9 down vote accepted

I'm not sure if theres a cleaner way, but adding cd path/to/directory in your .bash_profile in your home directory should automatically change your directory to what you specify.

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As Randolph pointed out, there a cleaner way to change the home directory:… difference of doing it so is that it also changes what ~ points to, as anything else pointing to "home" and not just the startup place. So, your answer is the most appropriate one for this question with this choice of words. – cregox Oct 5 '10 at 16:04

In's preferences, in the "Settings" tab, select the style of your terminal (probably Basic: the default), then go to the "Shell" pane and put cd /any/directory/you/want in the run command box. This will automatically change directory when you open a new terminal.

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See this StackOverflow question.

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Try this:


without any double quotation marks. To verify, type env and look out for HOME in the list.

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