[GRASS-dev] [GRASS GIS] #3573: Save current working directory in wxGUI workspace and use it

GRASS GIS trac at osgeo.org
Wed Jun 6 10:26:17 PDT 2018

#3573: Save current working directory in wxGUI workspace and use it
  Reporter:  wenzeslaus   |      Owner:  grass-dev@…
      Type:  enhancement  |     Status:  new
  Priority:  normal       |  Milestone:  8.0.0
 Component:  Startup      |    Version:  unspecified
Resolution:               |   Keywords:  workspace, recent, startup, wxGUI
       CPU:  Unspecified  |   Platform:  Unspecified

Comment (by wenzeslaus):

 Replying to [comment:1 mlennert]:
 > I have to admin that I never even noticed that we had this option.

 Accessible from Setting or using cd command in the Console tab (you
 basically get some consistency between terminal and Console tab).

 > I find this a bit weird, first of all because I don't know what the
 "current working directory" actually means in GRASS GIS?

 It means just the same thing it means in the command line. Every program
 has current working directory (or whatever we want to call it). `cd` and
 `$PWD` or `pwd` in Linux command line, `os.getcwd()` and `os.chdir()` in

 > In the GUI I understand it to mean the directory that is opened by
 default in any file system widgets.

 Right. (At least that's how it works on Linux.) I usually forget about
 this behavior. This might be nice for some users and strange (but not
 necessarily confusing) to some others.

 > Does it have any other effect?

 You can put all your files for import and all color tables for one project
 into one directory (and perhaps subdirs) and then just cd there and you
 don't need to use full path just a relative one. I guess that's clear, but
 the point is that it applies for terminal as well as the GUI Console tab.
 It is also advantageous when people are following commands in a list of
 instructions - you need to deal with specifying the path just once (and
 the exported files will be in the directory set at the beginning).

Ticket URL: <https://trac.osgeo.org/grass/ticket/3573#comment:2>
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