Re: [kde-linux] Debian 5.0, KDE: getting konqueror to open links from kmail in the background (and not interfere with other behaviors)
- From: James Richard Tyrer <tyrerj@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 04 Apr 2009 15:24:59 -0700
Randy Kramer wrote:
This question doesn't go into detail on all the things I've tried so
far--I have googled, experimented, and read documentation but haven't
found anything that resolves this for me. I thought I'd try to ask it
generally before trying to get more specific.
Here's the problem:
On Mandriva2006, KDE behaved as follows:
* on pressing <alt><F2>, regardless of the location of the mouse,
focus was shifted to the "Run Command" popup and I could type into the
* all popup dialogs on konqueror or other things (like the KDE
control center) like those requesting me to type in the root password
appeared on top of the application it was called from
* in kmail, and with an instance of konqueror open on the same
desktop, if I click on a link in an email, it is opened in a new tab in
the open instance of konqueror (usually anyway--maybe there is some
limit to the number of tabs that will be opened that way before a new
instance of konqueror is started), and *konqueror remains in the
To the best of my recollection, I did not have to do anything in the way
of tweaking KDE, konqueror, or kmail configuration settings to get that
In Debian 5.0, the behavior is different, and none of the options I've
tried have let me get the same behavior. As installed, the first two
items behave the same, but clicking a link in kmail causes konqueror to
open the link in the foreground.
(Aside: And, initially, as a new instance of konqueror instead of a tab,
but I quickly found the konqueror settings to have external links
opened as a tab in the background:
* Open links in new tab instead of in new window
* Advanced: Open new tabs in the background
* Advanced: Open popups in new tab instead of in new window
* Advanced: Open as tab in existing konqueror when URL is called
If I start to fool around to change the behavior, primarily with the
Configure Window Behavior -> Advanced -> Focused stealing prevention
level: like changing it from low to normal or high, I eventually get
to the point where konqueror will open links clicked in kmail (in tabs)
in the background, but at that point, authorization dialogs open in the
background and the Run Command dialog (from <alt><F2>) doesn't open
with the focus unless the mouse pointer happens to be within the
boundaries of the dialog when it opens.
My first question is--does anybody have it working the way I prefer
(i.e., as it did in Mandriva2006) under any of:
* Debian 5.0
* KDE 3.5.10--I should point out that Debian 5.0 is sort of a hybrid
somehow of 3.5.10 and 3.5.9--I can't explain what all that means,
kmail is 1.9.9 and konqueror is 3.5.9
The command is:
kfmclient newTab <URL>
However, this will only open it in an instance of Konqueror on the same
desktop. Unfortunately, you can not specify a Profile with this command.
Then there is the command:
kstart --desktop <number> <command>
that you can use to select a desktop.
The problem is that they don't work together. This is probably a bug,
but the command:
kstart --desktop 4 kfmclient newTab <URL>
will not do what you would expect.
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