Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 242774
User switching sometimes doesn't work, giving a permissions error
Last modified: 2015-01-14 18:20:11 EST
Description of problem: User switching sometimes doesn't work.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
How reproducible: sometimes; the exact circumstances are not clear.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Using the User Switcher applet in the panel try to switch to another user.
Actual results: A dialog saying
User Switcher Error
Your user does not have permissions to create additional logins. Check your
~/.Xauthority file badly configured or missing.
100 Not authenticated
A login dialog for the selected user.
There are three user accounts on the machine. The problem only shows sometimes,
and has so far only been seen on one user account.
Apparently it's the exact same problem as reported in
I have also experienced the same problem with the applets not loading.
An additional comment:
The error dialog can't be dismissed by clicking the Close button; only by
clicking the x in the upper right corner of the window frame.
... and one more thing:
apparently the problem affects the Keyboard Indicator applet as well. It usually
displays the country code for the selected layout as a three letter abbreviation
in partial upper case (USA e.g.), but when user switching doesn't work it only
shows two lower case letters instead (us e.g.).
Another potentially related problem regarding the panel reported as bug 242791.
When the problems mentioned above appear logging out or shutting down doesn't
work either. The confirmation dialog doesn't respond to clicking the Log Out or
Shut Down buttons, and if the timer reaches 0 nothing happens.
A workaround for the user switching issue is to lock the screen, and then click
the Switch user button from there. Other concurrent sessions do apparently not
necessarily have the same problem with the panel misbehaving.
F7, current updates applied.
After upgrading to F8 the problem still occurs, although less frequently than on F7.
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