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In 11.10 I used 'gdmflexiserver -xnest' to switch users without logging out however I think gdm has now been completely removed.

I'm trying to bind a keyboard shortcut to do the equivalent of 'Me Menu>Switch User Account...'.

How can I invoke a user switch in 12.04?

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gdmflexiserver as a legacy option to provide the greeter switcher service during the transition between GDM and LightDM.

This has now been dropped from 12.04.

The replacement command is:

dm-tool switch-to-greeter

Other useful dm-tool options (dm-tool --help):

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  • unlike the me menu dm-tool swich-to-greeter doesn't lock session you just left. – ijk Mar 17 '12 at 16:24
  • On ubuntu 16.04 dm-tool swich-to-greeter does lock session you just left. – Stéphane Gourichon Aug 13 '16 at 17:26
  • If like us you want to switch without typing password every time, consider this: askubuntu.com/questions/811953/… – Stéphane Gourichon Aug 15 '16 at 21:39
  • it doesn't log out the session you just left :P – Frank Nocke Oct 30 '16 at 3:41
  • Does not work in 17.10 anymore. Maybe because ubuntu now uses GDM? – Matmarbon Oct 27 '17 at 17:17
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You can have several users logged in at the same time and switch between them with alt+ctrl+F1-8. That doesn't allow you to have another x server in a window. By the way; GDM has not been removed. It's just not used by default. You can easily install it: http://apt.ubuntu.com/p/gdm.

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    I really dont think that is what the user is asking here. – Bruno Pereira Mar 8 '12 at 11:11
  • My fault, I updated the question to make it clearer what Im trying to achieve. I know GDM is still available but most of the functionality is being moved to lightDM. In 11.10, the GDM command 'gdmflexiserver -xnest' would start another x server using the LightDM protocol allowing a user to log in using the GUI. But now GDM is not installed by default so there must be a replacement command that does the same but is lightdm native. – edm Mar 8 '12 at 11:17
  • You can use ctrl+alt+F7 and ctrl+alt+F8 to switch between two logged in users when they are already logged in. – Jo-Erlend Schinstad Mar 8 '12 at 16:27

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