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Old 12-01-2005, 04:19 AM   #1
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Mandriva 2006 - second user can't log in


I have been running Mandrake now Mandriva since about version 9 but I'm still a noob because I still don't understand how it works to the same extent I understand W***ows.

After upgrading from 2005 to the free version of 2006 earlier this week, I was dissapointed to find that it is not possible to start new sessions using the usual vulcan nerve pinch (Ctrl+alt+Fx). The option of "start new session" has also disappeared from the start menu.

Logging in as root still doesn't bring up this option. It worked fine before I upgraded.

The wife and I like to keep our untidy filing systems separate but we don't want to be logging each other out and having to restart. I run seti through BOINC and like to leave it running in the background all the time.

So the question is - how do we get second users logged in simultaneously? If nobody knows an easy fix my other question would be can I back down to 2005 by simply "upgrading" back to it? I still have the ISO.

Old 12-01-2005, 05:28 PM   #2
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This, I believe isn't really an issue with mandriva but instead with your window manager. Are you using KDE or GNOME? You can do a
kdesu -u yourWIFE konqueror
in kde to open up a konqueror session as your wife when you are logged in as you. You will probably need to enter the root password.
I'm sure there is a similar option in gnome, I just don't know off the top of my head what it is.
Old 12-02-2005, 02:49 AM   #3
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Thank you

That was very helpful and definitely a step in the right direction, but what I was looking for was a separate session. The above command opens a new window on the top of everything else.

I thought that maybe because I have the free version of 2006 it has deliberately had this feature removed as part of the "lite" version. But this would be silly when, since its free, I could just install another instance of mandriva on my other machine. It is also more convenient to have both our files on one drive for ease of back up.

Any further comments appreciated
Old 12-06-2005, 11:30 AM   #4
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Just talking to myself I know but I found the answer to this on the Mandriva website and just wanted to make sure that if folks here had the same problem they could find the answer here too.

In a terminal as root I did the following:

cp kdmrc kdmrc.backup
cp kdmrc.rpmnew kdmrc

I then rebooted and it works. There are options to switch user in the start menu and the vulcan nerve pinch works too.

If any clever dick would care to explain why this was necessary I would be interested to know.

Old 12-06-2005, 01:29 PM   #5
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Thats because Mandriva 2006 was using your Mandriva 2005 kdm config settings. Usually upgrades via rpm do not overwrite config files, they create a new one which you can use if you wish.


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