[CentOS] Login Feature

Tom Browder tom.browder at gmail.com
Wed Jul 30 16:31:58 UTC 2008

On 7/30/08, Hywel Richards <hywelbr at googlemail.com> wrote:
> Tom Browder wrote:
> > I asked one of my team mates to evaluate centos 5.2 as a more stable
> > distro for our business use than Fedora which we have used for years.
> >
> > His main objection so far has been the lack of a neat feature of
> > recent Fedoras (at least since 7) that allows a user to login as
> > himself if the screen is locked by another user (a switch user
> > feature).
> >
> > Is that feature available or is it planned?
> One way to do this is to do Ctrl-Alt-F1 (or F2, F3, etc) to bring up one of
> the plain text terminals, and you can just log in there.
> If you just need a text terminal then this is all you need.
> If you need a graphical terminal, then in the text terminal you need to
> type:
> startx -- :1
> and this will bring up your desktop (no need to log in, as you have done
> already).
> You can switch between this and the locked terminal by using Ctrl-Alt-F7 and
> Ctrl-Alt-F8 (probably).
> When you have finished with your session, you "log out" as usual, and you
> then drop back out to your text terminal (still logged in). You logout from
> that, and then Ctrl-Alt-F7 will bring back the locked terminal.

Thanks, Hywel.


Tom Browder
Niceville, Florida

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