At work I am using Ubuntu GNU/Linux 14.04. When I open a new tab in the gnome terminal, the working directory of the new shell is the same as in the terminal where I have pressed CTRL-SHIFT-T.
At home I have Debian Wheezy, and here the default behaviour is to open the new shell in my home directory. I cannot find any documentation as to how to change this behaviour: I would like to have the Ubuntu behaviour on Debian.
Is this feature configurable at all or is it hard-coded, with different versions providing different behaviours? I have read the documentation and searched for a question on stack exchange but I could not find any information.
I have looked into my .bashrc and indeed there was some complicated setup that ended up changing / resetting the path. So, I have come one step further but I still have one problem, which is illustrated in this still unanswered question: if the path I am in uses some symbolic link, then the new shell uses the canonical path. Is there a known fix for this problem?