Multiple gnome sessions for 1 user in Gutsy

Derek Broughton news at
Tue Mar 4 15:06:16 UTC 2008

Mario Vukelic wrote:

> On Mon, 2008-03-03 at 12:50 -0500, Rashkae wrote:
>> I want to create extra gnome sessions for 1 user.  All the documentation
>> I find on the net says there should be an Add button in the Session
>> Options tab of Session Manager.  This is also what I find if I click on
>> the help button on the Session Manager.   (Say that 10x fast)
> As far as I can see (but I'm tired) the help page in Hardy does not say
> this. Which is what I would figure correct, since AFAIK simultaneous
> logins by the same Gnome user do not work 

They don't?  I can have multiple simultaneous KDE sessions (thankfully! I
rely heavily on it) and I can't see why Gnome should be different.  I
_always_ have a KDE NX session open (from my work XP desktop), and a
session directly on the laptop.

> and will heavily break the session. 

It shouldn't "break" the session, but the session you get restored at next
login will always be the one from which you last logged out - not
necessarily the one you want.

>> However, in Gusty, when I open the Session properties and click on the
>> Session options tab, none of that is there.  All I have are a check mark
>> to Automatically save my session and a Save now button.
> AFAIK this is on purpose because of the reasons given above.

If it works the same way as Session manager under KDE (and I see no reason
it shouldn't) you're approximately right.  The menu options _exist_ because
you can choose to use manual sessions - create a session with the "Save
Now" button - or you can use automatic sessions that are saved at logout,
but there's always still only _one_ saved session.

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