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I am newbie to Ubuntu. Whenever I open a terminal it's path is set "/home/Varun" (as found by typing pwd). Is there anyway I can make the terminal's path to be set at "/home/Varun/Desktop/Java Files" when it opens?

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What terminal do you use? – choroba Aug 13 '13 at 13:01
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Just run the following command in your terminal:

echo "cd ~/Desktop/Java\ Files" >> ~/.bashrc

The above command will add a new line in your ~/.bashrc file that contain cd ~/Desktop/Java\ Files and that will change your default working directory to /home/Varun/Desktop/Java Files when you will open the terminal.

Reopen the terminal and you will see the difference.

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Radu thanks a lot !!!.Worked like a charm – UnderDog Aug 13 '13 at 13:20

You can add the following line to the end of your ~/.bashrc

cd ~/Desktop/Java\ Files

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