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I was reading man gedit, when I stumbled upon this:

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

The official gedit documentation on this subject did not make me much wiser. So...

  • What does standalone mode really mean?
  • When would I need this?
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Looking it at the source, -s makes gedit always start a new process and a new window, rather than adding a tab to an existing gedit window that's already running. Useful if you're worried about one window crashing taking down the other. You can do the same thing with gnome-terminal with the "--disable-factory" switch, which is useful, as g-t has been known to crash, and take down the processes running in all your tabs and windows with it!

Edit: And the docs you linked above point out that it's also useful if you're invoking gedit from a batch file, or from a mail program, etc. - "gedit -s" will create a new process that won't exit until the window is closed, whereas plain "gedit" will return immediately if there's already a gedit process running.

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My guess is that standalone mode will not use your settings and profile to start, so it can be usefull if you have a corrupted profile or settings that avoid you from starting the application.

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