Bug 80509 - allow login as another user in a window
Summary: allow login as another user in a window
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Public Beta
Classification: Retired
Component: gdm
Version: phoebe
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Havoc Pennington
QA Contact: Mike McLean
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2002-12-27 14:54 UTC by Marius Andreiana
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:49 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Doc Type: Enhancement
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Last Closed: 2003-01-02 16:03:38 UTC

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Description Marius Andreiana 2002-12-27 14:54:39 UTC
I noticed in ximian gnome2 that gdm allows logins as another user in a regular

This facility is still not enabled in redhat. It would be useful, as there's no
easy way for newbies to login as another user without logging out the current one.


Comment 1 Havoc Pennington 2003-01-02 16:03:38 UTC
That feature uses Xnest, and isn't really supportable as Xnest lacks 
some needed features. For example if any app in the window 
tries to draw an icon while you're on another workspace, the Xnest will crash.
And Xnest doesn't have all the extensions and such that normal X has. Basically
Xnest isn't supported for actual usage, it's just a test program.

You can log on two users at once by using multiple virtual consoles running 
real X sessions, if you poke around on the internet some there's probably a HOWTO.

Comment 2 Josiah Royse 2003-01-03 01:54:08 UTC
If you want to also graphically log into a machine that is already logged in
graphically- jump into a virtual console:


then login, and type:

startx -- :1

To jump back to the original X session: Ctrl-Alt-F7

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