How to set up Menu items such that if an instance is already running, the running instance is brought to the foreground?
1i5t5.duncan at cox.net
Sun Mar 6 15:16:34 GMT 2011
kde posted on Sun, 06 Mar 2011 01:31:16 +0000 as excerpted:
> 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.
> If this is a general problem built into 4.xxxx KDE I will be going else
> I often have several spread sheets, pdf's and all sorts of things open
> in the way you describe ie. several instances. Under 3.xxx any number
> of instances of kde programs are fine. ( ;-) Other than mail for
> slightly understandable reasons )
> 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
Don't worry, then. kde4 still runs fine with multiple instances of apps
running. In fact, that's what Dotan C. was asking about, as that's what
is causing the confusion with his senior users.
But you shouldn't have a problem running more than one instance of an app
if you want, and you're not the only one that would be going elsewhere,
were that to become a kde restriction. Rest assured on that! =:^)
Dotan, while writing the above, I thought of another angle, as well.
Perhaps part of the problem for your seniors is kde's session management.
If they quit kde with several app instances running and kde restarts them
when it comes back up, but they don't understand that, they may be
starting a new instance each time, not thinking that kde might have
remembered what was running the last time and restarted it, so the
instances gradually build up...
Of course, you can make kde start with a clean session each time, if you
wish. That would cure that issue.
But what about going about it from the other angle? Have kde start all
the apps they need, then save that as their session, and hide the
launcher, so all they have is the taskbar. You could take the close
button off the title bar too, making it more difficult to close the apps,
and if they did, they'd only have to restart kde to have the pre-set
session come back with all their apps.
It may or may not work in practice, but it's certainly thinking about the
problem from "outside the box". Reverse the problem and it goes away. =:^)
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