multiple instances of kate?

Jonas Norlander jonorland at
Tue Aug 10 20:11:20 UTC 2010

2010/8/9 D. R. Evans <doc.evans at>:
> Jonas Norlander said the following at 08/09/2010 01:41 PM :
>> 2010/8/9 D. R. Evans <doc.evans at>:
>>> Perhaps I'm simply inept with google, but I couldn't find an answer to this
>>> seemingly-simple question.
>>> Every time I edit a file with kate (64-bit lucid), it opens the file in a
>>> currently-running instance (if there is one, of course). How do I force a
>>> new instance of kate to be started?
>> Hi
>> There is an option you can use to get a new instance of Kate.
>> "kate --help" from command lione gives "-n, --new  Force start of a
>> new kate instance (is ignored if start is used and another kate
>> instance already has the given session opened), forced if no
>> parameters and no URLs are given at all"
> Thank you very much.
> FWIW, both "--help" and "--new" seem to be missing from the man page, so
> it's not obvious how a user is supposed to discern this stuff (apart from
> asking here).
> (There are pointers on the man page to "further information" and "detailed
> user documentation", but one hardly expects valid options to be completely
> absent from the man page.
> Further, there is a "-u" documented on the man page, which tells kate to
> use a currently-running instance... it seems rather odd design to define
> and document an option that simply provides the default behaviour, and to
> fail to document an option that provides the non-default behaviour.)
>  Doc
> PS The "-b" option you mention is also noticeably absent from the man page.
> Perhaps I'm the only person left in the world who goes to man pages to see
> how to use a command.

I usually first look in the man and if its missing i try searching for
it on the net then i try the command from the command line with the -h
or --help option.
Did the --new option work for you (haven't tried it)?

/ Jonas

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