[Pkg-xfce-devel] Bug#423276: xfrun4: Fails to interpret ~ as home directory

Alexander Toresson alexander.toresson at gmail.com
Sat May 26 12:26:09 UTC 2007

Ben Stewart wrote:
> Package: xfce4-utils
> Version: 4.4.1-1
> Severity: normal
> xfce4-utils' xfrun4 utility does not support the use of ~ as a prefix
> that is translated to the home directory. Interpreting ~ is
> implemented by nearly every Unix shell, and is expected behaviour from
> applications that are a "shell substitute".
> xfrun4 should support ~ as a prefix that is translated into /home/foo.

Hello Ben,

xfrun4 does not launch a shell and does thus not interpret ~, nor does
it expand environment variables, *, expressions inside backticks etc.
This is an active decision by upstream, to keep xfrun4 fast and light.

It would, however, maybe be feasible to add special code inside xfrun4
to interpret just ~, as it is so commonly used.

Regards, Alexander Toresson

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