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

Steven Sroka sroka.steven at
Sun Mar 6 20:00:51 GMT 2011

On 5 March 2011 20:31,  <kde at> wrote:
> 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.

Just as an aside, this is an Opera thing. Opera never likes opening
multiple windows of itself.
I just tried opening a new instance of Opera now, but it only opened a new tab.

> 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.
> John
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