When I execute users command, it output two users with same name. Why are there two users? I'm pretty sure that I created just one user.


username@Computer:~$ users

gives following output

username username
  • Did you copy and paste those results?
    – colboynik
    Feb 4, 2013 at 5:24
  • @JohnRambo he just cut out the actual username and computer name...
    – Alvar
    Feb 4, 2013 at 6:37

1 Answer 1


The users command prints the user names of users currently logged in to the current host, not the list of users you created on your computer.

In your case, it returns the same user name twice because you are probably logged in twice.

You can check by using the who command (show who is logged on):

felix@computer:~$ who
felix    pts/0        2013-02-04 06:40 (:0.0)
felix    pts/5        2013-02-04 06:42 (:0.0)
felix@computer:~$ users
felix felix

See the manual pages for more information (man 1 users).

  • I didn't logged in twice, it is by default. Why there are two users logged in anyway? Feb 4, 2013 at 8:05
  • 3
    Maybe because you have two open terminals?
    – felix
    Feb 4, 2013 at 8:20
  • 3
    Run users in aterminal. Now open another terminal run it again (users). You can see incerase in number.
    – totti
    Feb 4, 2013 at 10:16

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