Is there any way to always automatically use the parameter --no-existing-session for Totem? I want to use that parameter whenever I double click on anything that will open Totem.


  1. Copy the global totem.desktop file to your local applications folder:

    cp /usr/share/applications/totem.desktop ~/.local/share/applications
  2. Change the line Exec=totem %U to Exec=totem --no-existing-session %U

    gedit ~/.local/share/applications/totem.desktop

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  3. Save the file and close it. The change should take effect immediately.


Parameter removed from Totem since Ubuntu 11.10

It seems this parameter doesn't work anymore since 11.10, see How can I launch multiple instances of Totem since 11.10?

Be careful when upgrading to *buntu 11.10 if you have your own modified ~/.local/share/applications/totem.desktop because Totem will not open if this parameter is set by default.

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