LC 9 Dictionary, Linux

panagiotis merakos merakosp at
Wed Jun 27 04:45:37 EDT 2018

Hi Warren,

We made this "hack" to open the Dictionary in a browser as a workaround to
the problem where some Linux distros could not display the browser widget.
If your Linux machine is not affected by this issue, then you can do the
following to open the Dictionary in a LC stack (as it used to be):

1. in the msg box type "put 1 into $LIVECODE_USE_CEF"
2. open the dictionary, it should now open in a stack


On Wed, Jun 27, 2018 at 8:42 AM, Warren Samples via use-livecode <
use-livecode at> wrote:

> 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:
> 'revidelibrary.8.livecodescript'
> which is in the '../runrev/components/<Livecode-edition-version>/Toolset/libraries/'
> directory.
> 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
> and
> 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.
> Warren
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