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Whenever I try to switch users in Ubuntu 12.04 it goes to a black screen with a cursor and hangs. If I do the ctrl-alt-F6 (or any F1-6 button for that matter) it will switch to a command prompt and then if I switch back to ctrl-alt-F7 I'm presented with the login screen that you get when you return from a screenlock. Is this a bug in Ubuntu or does something need reconfigured?

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How was the user's creation performed?

If the home folder of new user was not created, you can create like this:

sudo adduser <username>

Caution: This is not the same as the useradd command. But, it is easier and safer to use GNOME Control Center or users-admin.

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