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Old 10-09-2009, 09:42 PM   #1
Zarshir
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Question Starting graphical app in background (non-active) window


Hey guys, I'm trying to start up a program through gnome-terminal on Fedora 10 and am wondering if there is any way to start one without losing focus on whatever windows I already have open (such as the terminal and anything else in the background). Thanks for any help!
 
Old 10-10-2009, 01:03 AM   #2
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to start an application and place it in the background you would use the following
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application_name &
this will place the application in the background. Then use the fg command to bring it back into focus.
 
Old 10-10-2009, 01:49 AM   #3
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That's not exactly what I meant (and I knew there would be confusion just because of the similar phrasing to other things)... I don't need the process to try to run in the background (which actually won't work), I need the window of the application to open, but in the background not focused.

Maybe an example will help. Say I'm writing a bash script to open my favorite webbrowser to go to a certain website at a certain time (I'm not, but I think the problem is similar). If I'm typing in an unrelated program when it calls it, say a word processor or playing a game, I don't want it to interupt what I'm doing; however, I still want it open (just behind the opened windows, aka not focused).
 
Old 10-10-2009, 08:59 AM   #4
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That's not exactly what I meant (and I knew there would be confusion just because of the similar phrasing to other things)... I don't need the process to try to run in the background (which actually won't work), I need the window of the application to open, but in the background not focused.

Maybe an example will help. Say I'm writing a bash script to open my favorite webbrowser to go to a certain website at a certain time (I'm not, but I think the problem is similar). If I'm typing in an unrelated program when it calls it, say a word processor or playing a game, I don't want it to interupt what I'm doing; however, I still want it open (just behind the opened windows, aka not focused).
Well I understand now what you want. However I am not sure on how to accomplish that.
 
Old 10-10-2009, 06:27 PM   #5
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All right, thanks for your help anyway!

Anyone else have any ideas? How about opening something minimized? Maybe something I can do through X or GNOME?
 
  


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