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Make session manager aware of the processes' command line arguments


Description Markus 2013-11-16 00:29:44 CET
Please, make the session manager aware of the processes' command line arguments

This would be useful for applications that support multiple processes or multiple profiles.

Example 1: multiple firefox profiles
firefox --no-remote -P default
firefox --no-remote -P something_else
results in firefox displaying two profile chooser dialogs after logout and login

Example 2: multiple meld sessions
meld dir1 dir2
meld dir3 (dir3 has a .git subdir)
results in two empty meld windows after logout and login

Of course, adding the command line args to the saved sessions will not solve all problems with applications losing their exact state, but it will solve many of them in a supposedly easy way.
For some applicatons, will also need the user's assitance, e.g. it requires to create multiple firefox starters, including the command line args for profile selection (or alternatively starting firefox from a terminal). But I think this is an acceptable requirement.
IMHO, for some applications (at least when it comes to multiple processes and profiles), it is just impossible to require them save and restore their full state on their own and then get along without any parameter on restart. The problem is, without the parameter you'll never know which one was which one.
Comment 1 Yves-Alexis Perez editbugs 2013-11-16 18:41:21 CET
Actually it should already be the case, take a look at .cache/sessions/xfce4-session-<hostname>:0 and especially the RestartCommand keys.
Comment 2 Markus 2013-11-18 23:05:44 CET
Unfortunately not.

I have two occurences of firefox:

I don't know if it makes adifference, but I am exclusively working with a manually saved session instead of "automatically save session on logout"
I am saving the session is via 
XFCE menu -> Settings -> Settings -> Session and Startup -> "Sessions" tab -> "Save Session" button
Comment 3 Markus 2014-02-25 00:26:31 CET
I have just re-tested it on XFCE 4.10 on ArchLinux. The behaviour is the same there.

There is even one thing that got worse: I can not manually save a session anymore. Only "automatically save session on logout" saves anything.
Comment 4 Git Bot editbugs 2020-05-26 00:45:06 CEST
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Bug #10494

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Reported on: 2013-11-16
Last modified on: 2020-05-26


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