Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 453277
kde4 switching user doesn't work
Last modified: 2008-07-16 15:35:37 EDT
Description of problem:
After finally convincing my wife to use Linux, I now have the problem that she
is always using my machine. What is worse is that we both share the same
browser, so we constantly log each other out of gmail.
Thinking I would be smart and set her up with an account on the machine and just
use the fast-user-switching thing, would make my life easier.
Well I upgraded to F9 and tried using the KDE button -> Leave -> Switch user.
Needless to say I failed miserably. It pops up a menu that does not switch users.
I just want to switch users. I even tried the 'startx -- :1' approach but that
failed with QDBus errors when I was switching windows (control-alt-f7/6)
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. click on kde menu button -> Leave -> switch user
2. become baffled when the word SESSIONS shows up in a box
3. become frustrated when you can't find a button to switch user
switch to another user
i have one of those binary nvidia drivers loaded, in case that causes me limitations
kde's user switching only works if you're using kdm as DISPLAYMANAGER (and not gdm).
make sure you have a
Right, unfortunately KDE and GNOME both have their own idea of how user
switching should work, and GDM only supports the GNOME method, KDM only the KDE
one. How this came to happen is that KDE was the first to implement user
switching and they did it in the way they considered the simplest (by starting
up another X11 "virtual terminal" as the new user). Then GNOME came along and
implemented a design optimized for speed (the switching happens in the
same "virtual terminal", and ConsoleKit and GNOME do all the magic), which is
not supported by KDE yet. So for now we're stuck with 2 different user
switching methods, each only working if the login manager matches the
Ok, I did that, rebooted and got the new display manager. But the 'switch user'
command still isn't working correctly. Same symptoms as before. Thoughts?
Ok when you see the box with SESSIONS in it. Click launch, you will get a
warning message confirming you want to start a new session. Chose Launch a new
session and you will be taken to KDM to logon a new user. Let me know if this
Ahh, yes it does. The screen is very confusing as to what it is supposed to do.
But I got my new login screen so I'm happy.