[Xfce-bugs] [Bug 10494] New: Make session manager aware of the processes' command line arguments

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            Bug ID: 10494
           Summary: Make session manager aware of the processes' command
                    line arguments
    Classification: Xfce
           Product: Xfce4-session
           Version: 4.8.3
          Hardware: PC (x86_64)
                OS: Linux
            Status: NEW
          Severity: enhancement
          Priority: Medium
         Component: General
          Assignee: xfce-bugs at xfce.org
          Reporter: markus.naeher at gmx.net
        QA Contact: bjt23 at cornell.edu
                CC: benny at xfce.org, nick at xfce.org

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

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.

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