With Ubuntu and Gnome classic desktop, sometimes I have separate windows of gedit open on different workspaces.

Since the program has its flaws and can be easily choked, for example by trying to undo a large replace action, I sometimes need to force-quit.

Then, all other windows are also killed. Plus, when one window is stuck, all the others are also not responding either, so I cannot continue to work on other tasks while the one that has a problem is recovering.

I guess if each window would run in a separate process, this would not happen.

Is there a way to make this happen?


You are probably looking for this option:

-s, --standalone
      Run gedit in standalone mode.

(From man gedit.)

  • Ok cool, I tested it and it seems to be two separate processes. Any way to put this into the configuration so that by default each new window is standalone? – Radio Controlled Sep 17 at 6:49
  • I'm using double click to open files and I prefer to keep the behaviour of how it groups files into windows. I usually get new windows by explicitely moving them into a new window or by being on another workspace. – Radio Controlled Sep 17 at 6:52
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    @RadioControlled there doesn't seem to be dconf key for this (nothing relevant in gsettings list-recursively org.gnome.gedit, anyway). You could: make a copy of /usr/share/applications/gedit.desktop in ~/.local/share/applications/gedit.desktop, and edit the Exec line in the copy to use this option. – muru Sep 17 at 7:06

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