[IPython-dev] changing working directory from IPython server

Mark Bakker markbak at gmail.com
Mon Aug 11 16:11:15 EDT 2014

Thanks for considering this issue.

The behavior now:
I type: ipython notebook to start a notebook.
At the dashboard,  I click on 'To import a notebook, drag the file onto the
listing below or *click here*. When I click there, a window pops up, I go
to the directory with my notebook file, click on it, and then it shows up
in the list of files, with next to it a blue Upload button. When I click on
the Upload button the notebook is copied to the directory where I started
the IPython Notebook.

The problem: The notebook gets copied to the directory where I started
ipython notebook. That is not very useful, as all associated data files are
still in the directory where the notebook originated.

Does that make it clear? Should I file a bug report?


ps. It seems that the Anaconda guys are also expecting the behavior of the
Notebook to change. They now have a useful 'start notebook' icon, but that
starts in 'Documents/IPython Notebooks. And that faces the same problem as
I described above.

From: Brian Granger <ellisonbg at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [IPython-dev] changing working directory from IPython
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> Oh, I might have understood.
> Mark can you clarify what exactly you are seeing and what you expect to
> see?
> On Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 10:03 AM, Thomas Kluyver <takowl at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On 11 August 2014 07:51, Brian Granger <ellisonbg at gmail.com> wrote:
> >>
> >> I don't remember that we made the decision to have this behavior. It
> >> is possibly I just don't remember, but today I would consider that to
> >> be a bug. Mark, could you open a GitHub issue on this to trigger a
> >> discussion.
> >
> >
> > I'm pretty sure that what Mark describes is how we expect it to work -
> when
> > you upload a file, the server doesn't know where in your filesystem that
> > data is coming from, so it can't switch to that directory and use the
> > original notebook there, which I think is what Mark wants. The
> disconnect is
> > that the UI implicitly encourages uploading, although that doesn't really
> > make sense when you're running the server as a local application.
> >
> > Thomas
> >
> -
> Brian E. Granger
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