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Old 08-31-2004, 08:39 PM   #1
invasian
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switch user in suse 9.1


In suse 9.1, you can stay logged on as 1 user while logging on as another user...i found this to be very kewl...is this something that is inherent for suse 9.1 or kde? is something like this available for fedora core? i've tried both distros...one at lab and one at home...i wish i could incorporate some features from both into one...
 
Old 08-31-2004, 08:45 PM   #2
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This is something inherent to unix/linux.

startx -- :0 through 7 does the same thing.

ctrl-alt-F1 through F7 to switch.
 
Old 08-31-2004, 10:13 PM   #3
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oh...that is interesting...i tried it out...i pressed ctrl+alt f2...it brought me to a text login screen...but then if i log in, i'm still in text....how do i enable the gui for that login?
 
Old 08-31-2004, 10:15 PM   #4
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startx -- :0 through 7
 
Old 09-01-2004, 12:10 AM   #5
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Thoreau,
I guess they are talking about the ability to run two instances of X on different ttys. Suse has a way to do this, by using the "Switch user" function on right click menu, at kde.
If I just switch to diff tty and startx, X won't run. But if I "switch user", X does run.
That wasn't possible on Suse 9.0, to my knowledge.
 
Old 09-01-2004, 12:24 AM   #6
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bruno, yea...that's exactly what i'm talking about...i'm wondering if that is something that can be implemented in FC3 or not? or if it's something you can do now for FC2? or is it something that only suse 9.1 can do right now with kde?
 
Old 09-01-2004, 08:53 AM   #7
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I don't know if you can do this with fc. I guess most likely it is possible. The problem is how much hacking will it take, and whether we can do it. If you plan to research on this, I'd recommend you to start by following the error msg that appears when you try to run a new X on a diff tty (something about removing a lock file). The questions is what you screw up by doing this...

Suse implemented this, probably thinking that isn't good enough to run several ttys if you can't go graphic on more than one. Until the 9.0 it wasn't possible.
 
Old 10-03-2004, 10:59 AM   #8
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Hello,

If you are running only one instance of X, then invoking 'startx -- :1' is likely to be enough for starting another desktop environment. I understand that this is what Thoreau suggested.

This applies to both SuSE and Fedora Core.

Once your desktop environment is up and running you can change to console screens (text mode screens, ttyx) by pressing ctrl+alt+<f1-f6>. This applies even if you don't boot to desktop environment at all.
Ctrl+alt+f7 takes you back to the initial desktop that was started when you first logged on.

So, after changing to a console screen log on and try typing in 'startx -- :1' for example. This should give you the second desktop. The assumption is that you are not running another desktop environment yet. Thus, ':1' is the first one that's likely to work. Ctrl+alt+f8 will take you to that screen.
'startx' equals to 'startx -- :0' . That's why plain 'startx' doesn't lead to the intended outcome because desktop '.0' is already up and running.

You can see locked variables (each of which correspond to the screen of respective number) by typing in for instance
'ls -a /tmp/ | grep lock'.

After trying 'startx -- :1' you can change to another console and try 'startx -- :203' if you wish. When ever a new desktop is started, a new f-key will be assigned to it so you can change between screens by using ctrl-alt-<f-key> combinations. Obviously some of those are console screens whereas others are desktops then.


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