How can I prevent multiple instances of Mplayer / Kmplayer?
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Instead of posting a new thread, you need to bump your old thread if it hasn't recieved a response in 24 hours. I am not sure how you can prevent multiple instances of mplayer or kplayer, but kaffeine and totem have this feature. Unforunately you will need xine libs installed to use them because they don't use mplayer as a backend.
Thanks for your reply reddazz.
I gave up in the end and I'm now using Kaffeine for video.
The thing I had against Kafeeine was that it didn't seem as stable as Mplayer, kept crashing on me. But I've updated Kaffeine now and it seems OK.
You could create a shell script that checks all processes on the machine, and then either starts mplayer if it isn't running already, or returns an error if it IS. Then run the script instead of directly running mplayer.