[Bug 238029] [NEW] Firefox will not open with two instances of X

Xepra claydawg52 at gmail.com
Sat Jun 7 00:16:41 UTC 2008

Public bug reported:

Binary package hint: firefox

Using 8.04, dual displays, and nvidia drivers with two instances of X11
running (a separate desktop on each monitor) firefox will not open on
both monitors.

When firefox is started on the second monitor it gives an errors saying
that it is already running and the existing instance needs to be
shutdown.  This greatly reduces the utility of two monitors.

Other Suggestion:

This would probably be incredibly difficult with the current
implementation of gdm/X11/compiz, and would only work on multiple
displays of the same resolution, but it would be much more useful to
have one instance of X11 running with the same cube displayed on each
monitor. Rather than just clone the display, however, allow each monitor
to shift workspaces independently.  If both monitors happen to be on the
same workspace then the image is cloned.  If a window on one monitor is
moved to the workspace that is displayed on the other monitor then it
will show up on that monitor.  The monitors just become two different
camera angles of the same cube.

** Affects: firefox (Ubuntu)
     Importance: Undecided
         Status: New

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