LC 9 Dictionary, Linux

Warren Samples warren at
Wed Jun 27 03:42:31 EDT 2018

On 06/23/2018 07:05 PM, Warren Samples via use-livecode wrote:
> Hello,
> I don't recall off the top of my head what the current remaining issue 
> is with the dictionary under Linux. I know there have been a couple or 
> three that have been reported by different people on different distros. 
> The workaround to open the dictionary in a browser is working pretty 
> well, but could use at least one enhancement if it can be managed. 
> Currently if I have my default browser open on some desktop other than 
> the one LiveCode is on, the dictionary opens in a new tab on the other 
> desktop. Could the command used be finessed to force it to open a new 
> window? This 'should' open naturally on the current desktop. Another 
> possible solution would be a preference option to set a browser for the 
> dictionary. That would allow one to use a browser other than the default 
> browser and avoid this (minor) inconvenience.
> Warren

I found a solution. I post it here in case another Linux user would be 
interested in this.

It requires some very minor editing of the file:


which is in the 

I commented out two lines and added for each of them a corresponding 
line which launches the browser using shell(). This is what it looks 
like (email formatting may insert linebreaks):

revIDEGenerateDictionaryHTML tWhich
-- launch url ("file:" & revIDEGetDictionaryUrl(tWhich))     #original code
       get shell("falkon" && revIDEGetDictionaryUrl(tWhich) && 
"</dev/null &>/dev/null &") -- my shell call, all one line


revIDEGenerateDictionaryHTML "api", pLibrary, pTag, pType
-- launch url ("file:" & revIDEGetDictionaryUrl("api"))  #original code
       get shell("falkon" && revIDEGetDictionaryUrl("api") && 
"</dev/null &>/dev/null &") -- my shell call, all one line

The first instance is at line 4639 and the second at line @ 4920.

I ultimately chose a dedicated browser, Falkon, for a few reasons. 
Opening my default browser with a command line switch which forces a new 
window works, and does what I had hoped, but using a dedicated browser 
and letting it open tabs once it's open has some significant advantages. 
The redirection at the end of the command detaches the running process 
from the shell, making shell() non-blocking.


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