cwd on nautilus

Two months ago we got into this discussion about having nautilus launching
scripts and apps using the "current dirname" instead of the ~
and Alex replied here:
with a reply that --to me, as a user-- shows that the whole architecture of
this thing is wrong. It might have some technical merit in the way it stands
today, but for the *user*, the end result is sub-standard.

Back then I was hitting this limit with shell scripts, however now that I
have Java, WINE and Mono installed, I hit the problem *all the time*. For
example, I have this nice GTK# game that is installed locally on my
/home/eugenia/games/csboard/ folder and its .exe file won't load with mono
through Nautilus just because the executable doesn't live on my
/home/eugenia/ root folder. My Java apps have the same problem as well. I
think this is a major bug in the functionality of the Gnome desktop.

So, is this planned to be fixed, or not? Functionality is just not correct
right now. The user should NOT have to open a terminal just to load a game
or an app. This is not what I expect from Gnome's usability.
Besides, not even the Nautilus scripts are working now for me so my "open
terminal here" script (to open a terminal in my game's folder easy and fast)
won't work on gnome 2.6 either
(, so I
feel screwed both ways and that's too much to bear.


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