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$HOME link and broken promt on restore #254

joerhau opened this Issue May 28, 2018 · 1 comment


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joerhau commented May 28, 2018


First of all thank you very much. This is a very nice plugin!

Still I had a small issue, as I got an uncommon setup for my homefolder. It is a link to an NFS area, which is mounted elsewhere on the system ($HOME -> /nfs/mountpoint). In that case tmux records the target of the link as the #{pane_current_path}. This in result breaks the promt on restore (they will show the link target as the folder location).

I already tricked around this as follows:

------------------------------- scripts/ -------------------------------
@@ -288,6 +288,14 @@ save_all() {
 		rm "$resurrect_file_path"
+    #replace homefolder link target with $HOME
+    if [ -z "$HOME" ]; then
+        HOME=$(getent passwd $(whoami) | rev | cut -d ':' -f 2 | rev)
+    fi
+    HOMETARGET=$(readlink $HOME)
+    sed -i "s#$HOMETARGET#$HOME#g" $last_resurrect_file
 	if capture_pane_contents_option_on; then

But I'm sure there is a more clean and clever way to get this fixed.

Thanks again,


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oyvindstegard commented Nov 10, 2018

I had this exact same issue when working in projects hosted on a file system outside of my $HOME-folder, but which I had symlinked from my home folder to get a more pleasant CWD path in shells.

Interestingly, I could not get the desired restore behaviour by modifying the resurrect state file, I still got shells with CWD in the physical dir of the external file system (Windows drvfs on WSL) after restore.

My take was to install a post-restore-all hook which basically did:

for pane in $(tmux list-panes -a|cut -d: -f1,2)
    tmux send-keys -t "$pane" 'cd "$(pwd|sed -e "s:^$EXTPATH/projects:$HOME/projects:")"' "C-j" "C-l"

where $EXTPATH is the physical mount point path of the other file system (with a .. too long path) and $HOME/projects is a symlink to $EXPATH/projects. This obviously doesn't work if restoring anything but shell prompts in the tmux panes (I have no advanced needs there, and little experience with fancy tmux-resurrect options).

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