Bug#968394: gnome-shell: No UI option to switch between users even when there are multiple non-system user accounts

Simon McVittie smcv at debian.org
Fri Aug 14 14:28:53 BST 2020

Control: reassign -1 libaccountsservice 0.6.55-1
Control: affects -1 + gnome-shell
Control: severity -1 serious
Control: tags -1 + pending

On Fri, 14 Aug 2020 at 13:10:18 +0100, Simon McVittie wrote:
> At least part of the problem (possibly the whole problem, I'm not sure
> yet) is that accountsservice since version 0.6.55 was accidentally
> compiled without systemd-logind support, so it can't tell us that the
> system can switch users, because it doesn't know.

This seems to be the root cause of the gnome-shell issue. Fixing
accountsservice gives me a nice "Switch User..." option just below "Log
Out", and an icon in the lower right corner of the lock screen with the
same effect.

This is a small part of gnome-shell's functionality, but a large part
of what accountsservice is meant to do, so I'm considering this to be
release-critical for accountsservice.

Thanks for the reminder to look into this,

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