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I'm running Ubuntu 10.10 with Nautilus-Elementary installed. When I open the embedded terminal in Nautilus (F7) and run echo $PATH, I get:


When run the same command in the regular terminal, I get:


Is there some logic in this behavior, is this a bug, or did I just forget to configure something?

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That is interesting, a freshly-configured nautilus-terminal works for me - $PATH matches perfectly. Maybe your .bashrc or .profile do something tricky? – evgeny Nov 27 '10 at 10:59
I freshly installed Ubuntu 10.10 on an old laptop this morning and added nautilus-elementary. I didn't alter .bashrc or .profile as far as I know. I guess nautilus-elementary is not identical to the embedded terminal shipped with nautilus-elementary - but thanks for the tip. – marcvangend Nov 27 '10 at 15:05

Like all terminals launched in gnome, it should be inheriting the PATH environment from the parent process. These ultimately come from the /etc/login.defs and /etc/environment files and are initialised when ever you login.

In fact if you go to another tty and log in (Ctrl+Alt+F1) you'll see the same path as gnome terminal. But not the same limited path as elementary.

I'd ask you to report a bug, but the elementary team hasn't registered a bug reporting service.

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Thanks Martin. In fact, I did file a bug 2 weeks ago at but there hasn't been a reaction yet. – marcvangend Nov 27 '10 at 14:57
But wait, I now see that a day after filing that bug, the project was abandoned: – marcvangend Nov 27 '10 at 15:02
They probably wanted to fork completely. Please mark the question as answered :-) – Martin Owens -doctormo- Nov 27 '10 at 16:20

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