Closed Bug 101169 Opened 20 years ago Closed 5 years ago

Expand -remote functionality to include mailnews, chatzilla, etc


(Core Graveyard :: X-remote, enhancement)

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(Not tracked)



(Reporter: dylang, Assigned: blizzard)


(Whiteboard: [xremote])

Under Windows, launching mozilla multiple times creates only one process.  Under
UNIX, it generates multiple processes.  This means that if you have a shortcut
which calls "mozilla -mail" under UNIX, you end up with more and more processes
when you could gain a benefit from running it all under one process.

Unfortunately, while -remote allows for mail-to and new browser windows, it does
not currently allow people to launch the mail-news client.

It'd be nice for a better end-user experience if the -remote functionality was
extended so that all features of mozilla can be accesed from the DE or WM.
the reporter is confused about windows behavior, but that's ok... -- this might 
be a dupe, but that's ok too.
Assignee: asa → blizzard
Component: Browser-General → XP Apps: Cmd-line Features
I'd like to be able to run this and have it work:

mozilla -remote openURL(mail://Email/Inbox, get-new)

where Email is the name of the account, Inbox is the folder and get-new is an
optional arg. Other examples would be:

mozilla -remote openURL(mail://Usenet/netscape.public.mozilla.announce)
mozilla -remote openURL(mail://Email/work/project-1/weekly-reports)

MIght be nice if news: was a synonym for mail:
No dupes found. Confirming RFE and updating summary to reflect the true request.
Ever confirmed: true
Summary: Expand -remote functionality → Expand -remote functionality to include mailnews, chatzilla, etc
Whiteboard: [xremote]
Component: XP Apps: Cmd-line Features → X-remote
the follow already work:
mozilla -mail  (RPM build only)

mozilla -remote "xfeDoCommand(openInbox)"

mozilla -remote \

mozilla -remote "openURL(irc://"

what does not work and is covered by this bug:
most of the stuff in comment 2 -- interacting with mail accounts

IMO, news should not be a synonym for mail.  news:// is a valid protocol.
OK for news: != mail:
I just thought the two shoud be interchangeable since they are handled in the
same window.

The only thing missing at the moment is the ability to specify which mail box to
open. The default inbox is the only one available and I have two IMAP servers
and two buttons on screen to show new mail in either, it's a pity I can't use them.
> The only thing missing at the moment is the ability to specify which mail box to
> open.

this is possible now.  see bug 149126 comment 21.
unless there's some other feature here, this bug can be closed.
*** Bug 233594 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
I don't think my bug 233594 is a duplicate of this one: mozilla-xremote-client
'openURL(news:...)' works in plain Mozilla but not in Thunderbird. If nobody
objects, I'll reopen it.
Mass resolving a bunch of old bugs in the x-remote component in preparation for archiving it. If this bug is still valid and useful, please move it to the "Toolkit: Startup and Profile System" component and reopen it.
Closed: 5 years ago
Resolution: --- → INCOMPLETE
Product: Core → Core Graveyard
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