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Why does sudo su fail to execute? [closed]

I keep getting this error when I type sudo su su: failed to execute /bin/bash/: Not a directory Pls any idea why I'm getting this error?
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Cannot login second user after "switch user", but can if using Ctrl+Alt+F1

For at least a year or so I have had problems with the "switch user" function on Ubuntu. If I log in (whether as "user1" or "user2") and click "switch user" I ...
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Unable to switch user since 21.10 upgrade

Since upgrading to Ubuntu 21.10 I'm not able to switch users. I can log in as either user fine to begin with, but if I select switch user once logged in I get the user login screen as normal, then ...
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Ubuntu 18.04 does not switch between users after upgrade

I have upgraded Ubuntu 16.04 to Ubuntu 18.04. I do not intend to make a further upgrade to Ubuntu 20.xx for the moment. All looks to have gone well except the switching of users from within the ...
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Switch user in Kubuntu gives black screen

I've had trouble with switch user for the last 2 years at least. For a long time the option was gone because of some deep regression. Now that it's back, it doesn't work. Activating 'Switch user' ...
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Switch User not working in ubuntu 20.04

I have other users besides myself on my laptop. When i click on "Switch User" it offers me the lock screen, where i can login through only this user. the switch user seems to not be working. ...
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Switching between users in XFCE / LightDM without locking session

When I was using KDE with KDM it was very simple to switch users. After I logged in multiple sessions I could easily switch by pressing ctrl+alt+f7 and ctrl+alt+f8 and so on. It was seamless because: ...
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No more 'switch user' from sddm

I've searched extensively and there are many mentions of this problem but it seems only a few disparate users have had it over the last few months. But the 3 Kubuntu systems I upgraded to 20.10 all ...
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Root@clear is showing instead of showing host name

I don't what happened there was crash or some thing my prompt is changed into like user name root@clear usually it shows username like root@local.localdomain How can I revert back to previous state ...
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GNOME (GDM) equivalent to LightDM's "dm-tool"

In my old Ubuntu 16.04 installation, I had the command dm-tool switch-to-user <spouseusername> mapped to F1 so that my wife could easily jump onto her account on the family computer. Now ...
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Can I substitute Win 10 with Ubuntu desktop, without losing my data?

I'm thinking about switching from Win 10 to Ubuntu desktop. The primary concern is the safety of my data, of course. Can I simply substitute Win 10 with Ubuntu, erase everything in the C drive, and ...
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Huge stack of credential dialogs when switching user

I have reported this bug: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/update-manager/+bug/1831332 My question is that what would be the correct package/component for this? I filed that against update-...
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Ubuntu 19.04 lacks Switch User option in Non-Admin account

The introductory procedure is: Click on down pointer in the upper right hand corner Click on user-id For a Standard Account the options are: Log Out Account Settings The Switch User option is ...
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Change login user for SDDM under LUbuntu 18.04

SDDM is a modern display manager for X11 aiming to be fast, simple and beautiful. It uses modern technologies like QtQuick to create smooth, animated user interfaces. However, my SDDM login ...
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Making a file run every time an user account is logged in and also every time the user is switched in ubuntu 18.04

I'm a beginner to Ubuntu, working on a script to save the current user name in a file in /tmp.. Previously I've used /etc/gdm3/PostLogin/Default script to do this #!bin/sh current_user= "$...
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19.04 Switch user option is gone

As a logged in user I no longer have the option in the righthand menu to switch users. Why was this removed? Is there anyway to get it back?
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18.10 Switch User Closes Running Applications

I couldn't find a thread properly addresses the issue that I am seeing, so I am asking here. Ubuntu Gnome 18.10 fresh install less than 24 hours ago. Updated the system. Installed various ...
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18.04 Switch users stops working after a while

After a reboot, I am generally able to switch users, and this works for a while. However, after some time the switch user option returns me to the password dialogue for the current user, and clicking ...
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Unable to switch users at lock screen. Unity, Ubuntu 18.04

If I am logged in as a user or at the lock screen, I am unable to switch accounts to another user. When I click on the symbol in the top right and click on the name of another user to switch to, ...
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Ubuntu 18.04 stuck at purple screen after login [closed]

Sometimes, when logging in after rebooting or when switching between users, after typing the password and confirming, I get stuck at a purple screen. Sometimes I can escape it with ctrl+alt+F3 ...
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How to switch from ubuntu to window 7?

I want to ask. I'm using window 7 and I'm trying to install ubuntu. So my computer is running 2 operating system. My problem right now is I can't switch back to windows and I don't have the option to ...
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Can't login Ubuntu

I copied all Ubuntu system files to /home/ubuntu to obtain full Ubuntu operate system in Termux. The Ubuntu system has a user with password. Termux is an app that provide part of Linux environment. ...
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Screen turning black after switching users

I've create three users on my computer (admin + standard users), and whenever I switch between users, my screen is turned off. I have Ubuntu 16.10, and I switch users using the account menu on the ...
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Can I switch between two users in a single click?

I share my home computer with my wife, and we often switch between our two accounts. I'm considering using Ubuntu on my next computer, and I'm evaluation different desktop environments (E.g. Gnome, ...
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Switching between two opened X sessions without reauthenticating

Need: quick switch between pairs of users. On a system there is a pair of user accounts that are somehow equivalent. More concretely, for a given pair: Both account are regular Unix accounts, they ...
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Switching terminals with `Ctrl`+ `Alt`+`Fn` does not require password

Users on my computer have all password requesting options enabled, i.e. password is required on waking from suspend, and on returning from blank screen. The screen turns off after few minutes of ...
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User switching broken in 14.04

I just upgraded to 14.04. I have an nVidia graphics card and am using the nVidia driver (proprietary, tested). I am using gdm as I don't light the look of lightdm (also, I have two monitors and it ...
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Ubuntu cannot switch user

I am using ubuntu15.04. I have the superuser account and another user account. I can login either account with no problem. I clicked the gear button at the top right corner. I did see the two accounts ...
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switch user leads to black screen

I'm on the latest 14.04 with nvidia-331 drivers installed. Everything runs smoothly just when I try to switch user I get a black screen. Suspend and logout works with no problems. Somehow I managed ...
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Running a bash script on "Switch User"?

I've had my first dabble with bash and got a working script going for each user on session start which checks if a NAS share is mounted and if it is unmounts it and mounts as the current user. This ...
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Switch user after upgrade to 14.04 not working

i did an upgrade from 13.10 to 14.04. Now the switch user option does not work any more. the logged in user has to log out before any other user can log in. Any idea how to fix this ? Peter
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Removal of the Lock/Switch Account menu in gnome desktop Ubuntu 14.04 LTS [duplicate]

We are looking for a way to remove the list of previously logged on users from the shutdown menu in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS running Gnome Classic Desktop. We have lots of computers in a lab environment where ...
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Missing mouse after switching account

I have an old Acer Aspire 6920G with Ubuntu 14.04 and lightdm installed keeping the existing /home partition and two working users. When I switch from a user to the other I miss the mouse on the ...
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How to disable password prompt for switching users in graphical session?

In 14.04, how can I switch between users on the console without entering a password? This has been asked by others many times over the years (such as here), and it seems it always gets redirected to ...
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How can I enable user switching in Xubuntu?

I've just installed Xubuntu 14.04 in my desktop PC but I just cannot get user switching working. It's funny because in the session menu on top right it does appear but in gray and unclickable just ...
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Cannot enter password in lock screen dialog after long suspend

I am currently using Ubuntu 13.10 and recently I've noticed that after my ASUS K56CB laptop goes into suspend mode, and is left like that for a long time (about an hour or more), the password input ...
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How to prevent "Switch User Account" in Ubuntu 12.04 from logging me out?

The title of the feature, "Switch User Account", suggests that the current user's information is safe and can be restored. However, when I log back in to my account after a "Switch User Account", my ...
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Unable to switch users in 13.10

Since I upgraded to ubuntu 13.10 (from 13.04), it's not always possible to switch users: a black screen and an arrow are displayed when an attempt is made to switch from a logged-in account to another ...
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Problem changing users in Ubuntu 13.10

I got problem with changing users. I got two user accounts, one root and one normal user. When normal user login and after a while lock screen appears or you try to change user and you press change ...
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Screen goes black when trying to switch users on Ubuntu 13.10 [closed]

I just installed Ubuntu 13.10 on my Dell XPS L502X laptop last night. I set it up as a dual boot with Windows 8.1. I was testing the GUI to make sure all features work. Examples: Software Updater ...
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What is the purpose of the 'nobody' user?

After I read List all human users I noticed that there is a user account named 'nobody' in my Ubuntu system. Also I noticed that I can login in this account from terminal using the following command ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 users switching without password [duplicate]

My wife and I share the same PC, we only use two different users for easier switching between each other's task without interrupting anything. We're not concerned about privacy nor security. Whatever ...
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access to guest for internal drive partitions

In ubuntu guest user can access internal drive partitions only after entering the password of admin but after that guest have access to all drives. Is their is any way to set system in such a way ...
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New install and I can't get Ubuntu to work

First of all what happened > I made an Ubuntu live USB to install Ubuntu Raring Ringtail. After Ubuntu said that "it has installed successfully and you need to restart your computer" (Why it doesn't ...
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How to set keyboard shortcut for "switch user" in Xubuntu?

I am trying to create a keyboard shortcut in Xubuntu (13.04), but I have no idea what to put for the command. What is the command for invoking switch user?
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Multiple User Account bit-torrent client

So I recently setup Ubuntu 12.04, and currently looking for a bit-torrent client where I can create multiple user accounts. The plan is to have more than 1 user accounts, and each user can monitor ...
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How to fix Ubuntu 12.04 display artefacts/freezes after switching users?

Some time ago I noticed a strange behaviour on my computer running Ubuntu 12.04. Here's a detailed description of the problem: I log into my account, work for some time, and then somebody else wants ...
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Switch User, Logout, Lock Screen--All Broken

At various times, which I can't pin down exactly, my 12.10 with Unity fails to lock the screen after timeout, fails to log me out when I click Log Out, fails to switch users when I command it, fails ...
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How to switch user in gnome shell?

I am using gnome-shell on Ubuntu 12.04. On the guest account, I have this handy option switch user, but when I am logged into my own account it is not there for some reason. Why isn't it there ...
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Should switching users switch TTY as well?

In trying to troubleshoot user switching hangs and irregularity's I noticed if I log in as user A then switch to user B, and then press, (TTY7) will take me directly back to the unlock prompt for ...
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