Change since v1.5.3
- New: Grouped tabs can now be excluded from those being migrated.
- Changed: Moved open current tab before open all in the menus as per user request, since it seems more common to migrate individual tabs than all of them.
- Lingering bug and workaround
- Issue: If no Google Chrome browser window is opened, migration of "all tabs" from Firefox (may) result in each tab landing in a separate chrome window, instead of as separate tabs in the same Chrome window.
- Workaround: Make sure at least one Google Chrome window is opened before migrating a whole set of tabs ("all tabs").
- Comment: This problem was reported by a user previously, but I was unable to reproduce it at that time. It seems the issue is a timing issue (race condition) which results in an undersirable side effect, stemming from how Google has designed the Chrome browser's startup.
When the first Chrome process (window) starts up, it creates a "command and control" process (a book keeper) that keeps track of a bunch of details for each of the browser's tabs and windows. Until that process is started and a Chrome browser window has been brought up, the logic for reusing windows by opening tabs instead of new windows is not available to that browser.
When my addon spews out a bunch of URLs to a non-running Chrome, the browser might not have time to start up the "command and control" process before a number of URLs have already been sent to that browser, and Chrome consequently ("stupidly") then creates new windows for each of the migrated tabs.
There are two ways to address this. One you likely won't appreciate and one you would. The bad one is me injecting a delay after the first URL has been sent to Chrome, each time you trigger the tab "batch migration", so as to reduce the probability that Chrome hasn't fully started when the subsequent URLs hit it. The good solution would be for Google to simply queue up URLs sent to its browser and defer the decision of whether to open windows or tabs until at least their book keeping process has had time to start.
Let me know whether you'd like me to "slow down" the batch-migration, or whether you can live with opening a Chrome instance by hand (or through my extension by initially only migrating a single tab).
Also note that you may not experience this issue at all. Myself I don't experience this problem on OS X or Ubuntu and didn't have it on Windows until last year. If you're one of the people suffering from the problem, then simply launch Chrome before using this addon, as I now do on Windows 7.
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