I searched through the previous questions regarding bookmarks in Nautilus/File, but I don't see my question asked - apologies if I missed something along the way.

I'm using a new install of Ubuntu 14.04.1. What's happening is that when I connect to a network place, say proxy.library.emhs.edu/data1/html, a shortcut appears in the left sidebar. When I close out, then reopen and click on the shortcut, it opens my Home folder on that server, eg proxy.library.emhs.edu/home/myacct.

Frustrating I assure you. I looked at the config file in ~/.config/nautilus and the shortcuts that have been created all contain the correct path, however clicking on the bookmark only opens the home directory.

Am I totally missing something? How can I configure File/Nautilus to open a particular directory instead of my home folder? Thanks in advance!

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    Does this shortcut appear under the Networks section or the Bookmarks section?
    – muru
    Sep 16, 2014 at 16:50
  • The shortcut appears under "Network" in the left-hand column of the Files/Nautilus window.
    – kutsavi
    Sep 16, 2014 at 20:26

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A proper bookmark, made by pressing CtrlD or other means of adding bookmarks, will create an entry in the Bookmarks section of the sidepane. This entry will remember the location you were in when you created the bookmark. The entry under the Network section is due to Nautilus remembering the location and other connection settings for the server.

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Here, the lab entry under the Bookmarks section opens in my ~/Downloads directory, because that's where I bookmarked it.

  • Ah, did not get the whole difference between shortcut and Bookmark, cool thanks!
    – kutsavi
    Sep 16, 2014 at 20:51

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