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Old 10-22-2003, 11:29 PM   #1
blaint
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Question Mozilla - Please help I'm thoroughly confused


Okay this may not be the right place for it, but I got completley lost trying to follow the stuff in bugzilla and have no clue what to do.

I am using RH9, it had Mozilla 1.2.1 installed. Had absolutely no problems with it.

I downloaded Mozilla 1.4.1, followed the instructions and let it install to /usr/local/Mozilla and everything seemed to work fine.

Only problem is if I try to open two browser windows, the second window prompts me to create a new profile b/c the other is in use. Now the bugzilla stuff I read about this was talking about the file locks and all that stuff, but I truthfully don't understand what the problem is. I'm coming from a Windows enviroment and I'm used to having 5-10 IE windows pretty much all the time. 1.2.1 seemed perfectly fine with that, and I can't comprehend why you wouldn't allow folks to launch more than one browser window.

I read through a ton of usenet posts and people talked about deleteing the lock file everytime it launches but the bugzilla posts said you have a good chance of having your bookmark file(s) get corrupted, which I'm not too thrilled about.

So the questions are:
1) are all the people running Mozilla under Linux only opening one browser window at a time right now, or are they risking corruption of their profile, or some third option I don't know about
2) What do I do? Right now I've just reverted back to 1.2.1 because it is just too inconvenient for me to be limited to just one window.

Again sorry if this is off-topic, but the bugzilla chatter was out of my league and after hours of scouring google groups I didn't find a "solution" that didn't come with risks.

Thanks in advance all,
=Blain
 
Old 10-22-2003, 11:36 PM   #2
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Mozilla's a tabbed browser. What do you need windows for? And if you need another window, just open a random link in a new window instead of a tab. What it's complaining about is trying to launch two separate instances. But you can have as many tabs or windows as you want. If it complains when you try to open a link in a new window, then something's wrong.

But really, that's what the tabs are for. I used Mozilla on Windows partly for that very reason.
 
Old 10-22-2003, 11:46 PM   #3
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Hey Digiot,
Not really into the tabs, I've tried them and more often than not I end up closing the whole window instead of just a tab. Old habits. Basically I like the separate windows on separate desktops. I'm always doing a ton of different things at once and I try to group them on desktop by task. I may get comfortable with the tabs, but I'm not there yet.

Okay, so is there anyway to have the script (./mozilla) look for an existing instance of the mozilla process, if there is have it spawn off a new page, if not then continue on with the rest of the script as per normal?

Basically give the illusion of multiple instances....

=Blain
 
Old 10-23-2003, 12:02 AM   #4
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Ever since they switched stuff around between 1.3 beta and 1.3 I've done that a time or two myself.

I'm not sure what you're asking on that though - it's the multiple instances Mozilla won't allow. Is opening new windows from the initial instance not doable for you? Then you could just send them to different desktops. Or try this:

mozilla -remote "openurl(http://www.foo.com, new-window)"

in an xterm. You might be able to write a shell script with half a dozen addresses, or maybe just 'about:blank' or something to get them started. Then invoke that instead of 'mozilla'. Just exec a normal mozilla first. Maybe something like that.
 
  


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