Locking the Desktop

David A. Cobb superbiskit at cox.net
Tue Jan 10 11:37:20 UTC 2006

J.Markoll wrote:
> David A. Cobb a écrit :
>> J.Markoll wrote:
>>> David A. Cobb a écrit :
>>>> Running UBUNTU Hoary, GNOME 2.10.0
>>>> Please advise me which screen-locking application to use to make 
>>>> "New Login" available.  It was working, but a recent update has 
>>>> left it so that only the user who locked the desktop can unlock it; 
>>>> a different user cannot start a new session.
>>> Hello,
>>> May I ask you to be more accurate in your question ? do you mean 
>>> another user locked the session, you have to unlock it ? Call the 
>>> administrator. If it is you, I think become root and change password 
>>> for that user could do it.
>>> I don't understand what the update did in locking... either we lock the
>>> screen or we end a session, so which one ?  :)
>> No, as originally installed, when the screen locked and the keyboard 
>> was touched the prompt box included a button "New Login" which 
>> allowed to open a second session for another user.  Now it does not 
>> do so.  And the "New Login" ap is still present in my System Tools 
>> menu.and it works correctly.  But it does take much longer to work 
>> than formerly.
>> And, to answer your question specifically, the case involves my wife 
>> waking early and trying to log on without having me log out.
> As far as I know, it's not possible to login two users on a graphical
> interface whereas one on a GUI and one ore more on the terminal 
> interfaces is Ok. That might be the origin of the problem, but no idea 
> how to solve that :(
> How did your wife proceed to try to login ?
> Greetings, Joyce Markoll.
Under System Tools you will find a selection "New Login."  When run, 
this presents the Gnome login screen with an extra button "Quit."  The 
existing session is not terminated -- it may be suspended, but I don't 
think so.  A different user can then start a session.  For applications 
in the first session, the situation is (I think), what it would be if 
all its windows were obscured; of course they would sleep waiting for 
input if they were at that point.

More than one screen-locking program, and more than one screen-saver, 
exist.  I suspect I'm running the wrong one, but I'm not sure which is 
right.  I'm only certain that formerly I had this capability.

David A. Cobb, Software Engineer, Public Access Advocate
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