how to start an application in a seperate instance?

Carsten Schlipf carsten at
Fri Aug 6 15:13:51 BST 2004

Arne Götje (高盛華) wrote:
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> On Friday 06 August 2004 16:25, James Richard Tyrer wrote:
>>Arne Götje (高盛華) wrote:
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>>>Hi list,
>>>suppose I have already one instance of an application running, and
>>>I want t start another instance but with different environment
> You didn't read the first and second lines.

You said "an application". You didn't tell us that you are talking about 
Mozilla. So this is a Mozilla problem and not related to KDE in any way. 
But anyway...

> I mean: I have my environment variables set to chinese and have a 
> chinese mozilla running. Now I open a terminal, change the environment 
> to japanese and start another mozilla instance from there. Because I 
> have already one running with chinese environment, the second instance 
> will inherit the environment from the first one and doesn't care about 
> my japanese definition. But I want to have to seperate instances of 
> mozilla, one with chinese, one with japanese als environment settings.

Mozilla can only be launched once from the same installation directory. 
You probably use a script that tells the running instance to just open a 
new window, i.e. Mozilla is still running in the same environment as the 
already running instance and you just open a new window.

To have two Mozilla instances running with different environments you 
need two installations of Mozilla, e.g. install one Mozilla into 
/opt/mozilla1 and the second into /opt/mozilla2.

Then launch mozilla from the /opt/mozilla1 directory with the Chinese 
environment and after that launch mozilla from the 
/opt/mozilla2/directory with the Japanese environment.
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