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switch to previous instance

Posted: Sunday 08th May 2022 9:39pm
by paco
Hi,

when starting the app I would like to switch to a previous instance, if existing.
Is there in Gambas something like VB's PrevInstance?

Thanks

Re: switch to previous instance

Posted: Monday 09th May 2022 11:12am
by vuott
What do you mean by "instance", here ?

Re: switch to previous instance

Posted: Monday 09th May 2022 12:37pm
by paco
"Instance" means, when starting an app three times then there are three "instances" of the app.

I think I can get process-IDs of all "instances" of my app with sth. like

Code: Select all

Shell "pgrep -f \"" & Application.Path &/ Application.Args[0] & "\"" To res
Is there a way to activate another "instance" by its process-ID? Is it handled by the XServer?

Re: switch to previous instance

Posted: Monday 09th May 2022 2:01pm
by cogier
Is there in Gambas something like VB's PrevInstance?
I don't think there is, but you can see what windows are open with the following code: -
Public Sub Form_Open()

  Dim hWindow As DesktopWindow

  Desktop.Windows.Refresh()

  For Each hWindow In Desktop.Windows
    Print hWindow.VisibleName
  Next

End

Re: switch to previous instance

Posted: Friday 13th May 2022 2:57am
by BruceSteers
i have a routine for this sort of thing using DBus, i call it single instance.

when app is run it creates a DBus interface and sets the DBus.Unique property.
if app is run again it cannot create the DBus interface so it knows to send the args/command to the first instance via DBus message and exit.

Any number of commands can be added to the DBus interface, like an Activate() method if you just want to activate first instance. (check out DBusComm.class and SingleInstance.class to see how i added the ArgAdded() command)

You can test the app by running it, then running it again while it's loaded with arguments.
any supplied arguments will be sent to the first instance.

All the best