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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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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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Cannot login to newly created user account

Trying to switch accounts to my newly created account I get a black screen and then it takes me back to the main login screen after entering the correct password. Upon logging into my previously ...
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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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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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How can I invoke a user switch from the command line?

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 ...
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Unable to switch users in Ubuntu 12.04

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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...