Capabilities for navigating my trove of LyX documents

David Mertens mertendc at
Sat Nov 2 16:04:56 UTC 2019

Hello everyone,

After years of using LyX for research notebooks, I find myself these days
working with sets of documents much like I have sets of tabs in my browser.
I would really, really like to be able to open up sets of documents just
like I can open up sets of tabs in a browser, and I would also really like
to be able to bookmark documents much like I can bookmark web pages.
Finally, it would be really nice if I could embed LyX links to other
documents to refer to previous calculations or experimental results, so
that I could click on it and LyX would open the document in a new tab. This
would really, really facilitate my scholarly work.

Apart from the bookmarking, most of these are "solved" by opening multiple
LyX sessions with the tabs I need, then never restarting my laptop for
weeks on end. However, when my laptop inadvertently loses power, all of
that "state" is lost and I have to recreate it from scratch.

I have looked into implementing some of these ideas with lyxpipe
programming, but as I said I use multiple LyX sessions for different kinds
of work: one research project, another research project, one class, and
another class all need their own tab sets, so they go in different
sessions. lyxpipe can only talk with the first LyX process that starts.

As far as I can tell, LyX does not have any of these capabilities and
lyxpipe is not the way to implement them. Am I wrong? If I wanted to
implement them, what is the most sensible way to do so? Is there an
extension mechanism for this kind of thing besides lyxpipe? Finally, what
are the tools that others use to organize large collections of notebook-ish


P.S. I am not (yet) subscribed to the user list, so I'd appreciate if
replies included my email address explicitly. Thanks!

*David Mertens*
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