When I run projectile-find-file in GUI (non-terminal) Emacs, the project directory is set to the directory I most recently cd'd to in a terminal window.

Let's say that I have a home directory not under version control, as well as two Git projects, ~/foo and ~/bar. If I do the following

  1. Open a file in ~/foo in Emacs.
  2. Open a terminal window and run cd ~/bar.
  3. Run M-x projectile-find-file.

it will show me the files in ~/bar.

And if I cd to the home directory in iTerm, I get this message:

fatal: Not a git repository (or any of the parent directories): .git

The expected behavior is that it would show the files in ~/foo regardless of what directory was most recently cd'd into.

When I run projectile-project-info, it shows the correct project directory (e.g., Project dir: /Users/pat/foo ## Project VCS: git ## Project type: emacs-cask).

I don't know whether this is a bug or I configured something wrong. It used to work correctly. I'm using Emacs 25.1 and Projectile 20160921.902.

1 Answer 1


This problem was caused by a conflict with the Oh My Zsh plugin last-working-dir. Every time you cd to a directory, last-working-dir saves the path to file. When you open a new terminal window, the plug-in sets the current directory to the value in this file.

The problem is that Emacs runs every shell command as though it were in a new terminal window. You can see this effect by enabling last-working-dir and running (message (shell-command "pwd")). If you edit the cache file used by last-working-dir and re-run the previous command, it'll output the updated directory.

I don't know of any way of fixing this other than disabling the last-working-dir.

  • Looking at that script, possibly (setenv "ZSH_LAST_WORKING_DIRECTORY" "1") could help?
    – npostavs
    Jan 23, 2017 at 14:21

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