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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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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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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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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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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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Why does switching users completely hang my system every time?

I have a fresh install of 11.04 64bit, with 2 administrator accounts and 4 normal accounts. The 4 normal accounts (the kids' accounts) don't have passwords, they can login simply by clicking on their ...
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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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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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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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How do I switch users?

How does one switch users in Unity? (i.e., in the GUI, not sudo.) I really want to launch another X session using a different WM, without abandoning the current one.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ubuntu 12.04 black-screen and totally freezes switch user [closed]

How to troubleshoot this issue is my question. I don't know how to go about this. I set up an account for my wife to use the computer for her homework. I log in automatically. She logs in and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Run script after switching user account “to the same account”

In Ubuntu, when I click on Switch User Account... and then choose the same account to log in (for example if my name is John Smith, I click on switch user account and then log into the John Smith ...
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How to remove 'system settings' from title bar of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

I want to remove System settings, Displays, software up to Date from the unity bar (title bar) of the new Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.
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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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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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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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“Switch User” gives black screen and a mouse cursor in Ubuntu 18.04. How to fix this issue?

On several occasions, when I click on "Switch User" I would be directed to a black screen with a mouse cursor where the mouse cursor may work in a very lagging manner and nothing else seems to work(no ...
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How to re-start a script or a service when user switch over to another user?

I am looking for a solution on how to start or restart a service or execute a shell script whenever user switches from one user to another in a gnome environment. A case where a linux system has ...
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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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Switch user not available for second user in 19.04

I have 2 users on my system, an admin (first user made during installation) and a normal user. When I click on the icons on the top right, and then on my name I sometimes get 3 options, Log Out, ...
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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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Ubuntu 18.04: System suspends immediately after change user after wake-up

I have two users in the system (user A and B) The system is configured to enter sleep after 15min. When both users are logged in and user A is inactive for 15min, the system suspends. After wake-up ...
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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. ...