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Firefox 5.0 has the option to "switch to tab" if the requested URL or search terms point to an already open URL (great thing by the way).

Now, to open a URL from command line to Firefox a mere firefox would do, but even if that URL already is open, Firefox will open it once more in another tab.

How can I---from command line---tell Firefox to open the desired URL in an already existing tab if possible?

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Well at least one possible method is to modify your about:config files. See for details as to how to do this.

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Well that's a cool thing, but it's indiscriminate. What I want is to be able to do that for particular URLs only and at particular times. –  Benjamin Aug 16 '11 at 8:41
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It is not possible at the moment.

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