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    What happened to "Switch User" ?

    Just did a fresh install of Lubuntu, Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS (was running 18)

    On my laptop (only) machine, I have always had two logins, one for me, one for my partner. This allows us to have separate password and bookmark configs in Firefox, and I also have her Desktop setup much simpler than mine.

    Since I'm normally logged in, with multiple things running, my partner normally uses "switch user" so that she can log in, do what she needs to do (normally a little on-line banking), then log out leaving all my stuff in place.

    The "Switch User" option has gone from the menu (now called the "leave" menu).

    Is this deliberate feature-cide, or am I just loooking in the wrong place?


    BugBear
    Last edited by bugbear6502; October 5th, 2020 at 04:18 PM. Reason: added info

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    Re: What happened to "Switch User" ?

    Lubuntu 20.04 LTS uses "Logout/Login" in the "Leave" menu. Takes a few seconds.

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    Re: What happened to "Switch User" ?

    I was a pretty happy camper using 16.04 .
    I am now stuck with and issue and wondering if this would be a good time to bite the bullet and "upgrade".
    I am toying with an idea of fresh install.
    I am not in favor to complicate things and after your post I am wandering if similar changes ( from 16 ) would make life more complicated.
    AS it stands now I foresee need for rapid user switching before I get the current issue solved.
    "few seconds " is borderline acceptable...

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    Re: What happened to "Switch User" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by helen314 View Post
    "few seconds " is borderline acceptable...
    The switch is fast. The "few seconds" are PW typing.

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    Re: What happened to "Switch User" ?

    Which display-manager does Lubuntu use now?
    Xubuntu still uses lightdm and it still has the "Switch User" option in the logout dialogue.

    Perhaps worth trying installing lightdm and configuring the system to use that instead of the current dm?

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    Re: What happened to "Switch User" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ajgreeny View Post
    Which display-manager does Lubuntu use now?
    sddm.

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    Re: What happened to "Switch User" ?

    That's not the same - logging out is precisely what I'm trying to avoid when I have a load of applications running, with sized and placed windows (i.e. valuable "state").

    Switch user does NOT log the original user off - Unix/Linux is more than capable of handling this.

    BugBear

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    Re: What happened to "Switch User" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ml9104 View Post
    sddm.
    That may not be good - IIRC I selected lightdm at the install window.

    Should I reinstall?

    EDIT: I clearly misremembered:

    cat /etc/X11/default-display-manager
    /usr/bin/sddm

    BugBear
    Last edited by bugbear6502; October 6th, 2020 at 08:56 AM.

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    Re: What happened to "Switch User" ?

    Hi,
    I also installed Lubuntu 20.04 and am also missing the "Switch Account" functionnality ; is there a way to get it back ? (if not, I'll go back to 18.04, too much hassle with 20.04!)
    My install is with the default sddm.
    Thanks,
    JM

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    Re: What happened to "Switch User" ?

    So have you tried installing lightdm and reconfiguring the system to use it instead of ssdm as I suggested?

    I don't know if that will work as you want but it must be worth trying.

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