Hi,
to follow up, I think the problem is a bit worse than I originally
anticipated. I tried the obvious workround
1. Get the current directory using the `pwd` of your choice (into pd,
say)
2. Dir.chdir into the subdirectory you want using #{pd} as a root path

so here goes....

irb(main):001:0> `bash -c pwd`
"/home/stehill1/tmp\n"
irb(main):002:0> pd=`bash -c pwd`.chop!
"/home/stehill1/tmp"
irb(main):003:0> Dir.chdir(pd+"/test")
0
irb(main):004:0> `bash -c pwd`
"/tmp_mnt/home/stehill1/tmp/test\n"

so it looks like Dir.chdir will always put you into a hardware
specific path. I woul have hoped that when I Dir.chdir into
"/home/stehill1/tmp/test" I end up there, not in
"/tmp_mnt/home/stehill1/tmp/test".

Any thoughts?

Best regards

Steve