How to set up Menu items such that if an instance is already running, the running instance is brought to the foreground?

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Sun Mar 6 01:31:16 GMT 2011

On Saturday 05 March 2011 17:57:10 Duncan wrote:
> Dotan Cohen posted on Sat, 05 Mar 2011 16:07:56 +0200 as excerpted:
> > I have two separate cases where seniors using KDE like to open many
> > instances of the same application rather than use the already-open
> > application. This is a user problem, not a KDE problem, but I wonder if
> > there is  technical solution.
> >
> > These users click the application's menu item to start using the
> > application, even if there is already an open instance in the Taskbar or
> > in the System Tray. Examples include Firefox, Skype, Solitaire (Windows
> > executable running in Wine), and some others. Therefore, I'd like to
> > write a wrapper script for each of these apps to check if there exists a
> > running instance. If not, then open the application. If yes, then bring
> > the running application to the foreground.
> >
If this is a general problem built into 4.xxxx KDE I will be going else where. 

I often have several spread sheets, pdf's and all sorts of things open in the 
way you describe ie. several instances.  Under any number of instances 
of kde programs are fine.  ( ;-) Other than mail for slightly understandable 
reasons )

Some browsers such a firefox are ok but opera will only fire up once.

If KDE has dropped to this sort of level it really is a rather sad because if 
it's a general thing it's a sign of extremely badly conceived software 
organisation. Instances should run entirely independently of each other. Bit 
difficult with mail but not so hard on most other things.

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