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Is there any way I can launch a new instance of Google Chrome from the command line? I'm not referring to opening a new window - I want a new instance. Here's why:

Suppose I open Chrome and navigate to a page somewhere. Then I SSH into the same account from somewhere else. When I run:

google-chrome

...all I get is a new tab in the existing window. This is absolutely useless when I'm connected via SSH.

How can I launch a separate instance of Chrome that runs in the same account, but is usable with SSH?

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Incognito mode? google-chrome --incognito ? –  theTuxRacer Apr 16 '11 at 5:08
    
@Kaustubh doesnt help –  trampster Apr 16 '11 at 6:03
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This is a known bug. A workaround posted there is to pass the argument --user-data-dir=/some/directory to start a new session.

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Thanks! I was looking for details on how to do that. I also posted it back at superuser.com/a/457045/132608, which was the first StackExchange variant of this question I found. –  justis Aug 3 '12 at 2:01
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I do this

cd ~/.config/google-chrome
mkdir /tmp/chrome2
find . -print | cpio -mpdv /tmp/chrome2 # there was no cp -R in my day!
rm -fr /tmp/chrome2/Singleton*
rm -fr /tmp/chrome2/Session* 
google-chrome --user-data-dir=/tmp/chrome2/

Instead of the cpio/rm lines I'm using this now

rsync -av --delete --exclude=/Singleton* --exclude=/Session* ~/.config/google-chrome/ /tmp/chrome2/
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