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Annoying "Recently used" File Open

January 02, 2015 — BarryK
Dave sent me an email about this, the incredibly annoying "Recently Used" default in the GTK File Open dialog.
Puppy Forum member 'mikeb' found a solution:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/slackware-14/change-from-default-recently-used-to-some-other-directory-in-gtk-file-chooser-4175489497/

I have also found that to be extremely annoying, and a totally useless feature.

I have put the solution into the gtk+ template in woofQ.

Now, how to change the default "current working directory" from /root? ...

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More discussion on this topic:
http://programmerspatch.blogspot.com.au/2014/02/ubuntu-disabling-recently-used-in-file.html

There is even a patch to completely disable the Recently Used feature in GTK-2:
http://askubuntu.com/questions/103890/is-there-a-way-to-completely-remove-recently-used-from-open-and-save-dialogs

Currently with these sub-directories:
archive downloads grisbi media other personal portable projects

It has been on my to-do list all of 2014, to somehow change the default of GTK File Open dialogs to /file.

Now, having got rid of that Recently Used default, it was easy to change the current working directory from /root to /file:

In /usr/bin/xwin (the script that starts X), there is a line "cd ~", which I changed to "cd /file" -- works great!

Note, as Quirky does not have save-files, /file does not have that space-constraint, having the entire partition available for storage (the partition in which Quirky is installed).

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