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Fast User Switch Applet
=======================

The Fast User Switch Applet is an applet for the GNOME 2.10 panel which allows
for MacOS X-style menu-based user-switching.


I.) Downloading

The most recent release of FUSA is available from:

http://ignore-your.tv/fusa/

Chances are decent if you got a tarball you've already got this version. :-)

Development takes place in GNOME CVS, in the 'fast-user-switch-applet' module.


II.) Build-Time Configuration

Like all panel applets, FUSA must be installed to the same prefix as the panel.
For most distributions, this means /usr. Other flags which should be set are the
GDM configuration file location, a users-and-groups command line, and the
gdmsetup command line. Some examples:

A.) Ubuntu Breezy

./configure \
  --prefix=/usr \
  --libexecdir=/usr/lib/fast-user-switch-applet \
  --mandir=/usr/share/man \
  --with-gdm-config=/etc/gdm/gdm.conf \
  --with-users-admin="gksudo users-admin" \
  --with-gdm-setup="gksudo gdmsetup"

B.) Ubuntu Dapper

./configure \
  --prefix=/usr \
  --libexecdir=/usr/lib/fast-user-switch-applet \
  --mandir=/usr/share/man \
  --with-gdm-config=/etc/gdm/custom.conf \
  --with-users-admin="gksudo users-admin" \
  --with-gdm-setup="gksudo gdmsetup"

C.) Debian

./configure \
  --prefix=/usr \
  --libexecdir=/usr/lib/fast-user-switch-applet \
  --mandir=/usr/share/man \
  --with-gdm-config=/etc/gdm/gdm.conf --with-users-admin="gksu users-admin" \
  --with-gdm-setup="gksu gdmsetup"

D.) Fedora FC4

./configure \
  --prefix=/usr \
  --with-gdm-config=/etc/X11/gdm/gdm.conf \
  --with-users-admin="redhat-users-config" \
  --with-gdm-setup="gdmsetup"

E.) Fedora FC5

./configure \
  --prefix=/usr \
  --with-gdm-config=/etc/gdm/custom.conf \
  --with-users-admin="system-config-users" \
  --with-gdm-setup="gdmsetup"


III.) Run-Time Configuration

FUSA includes a couple hidden, global GConf preferences:

  /apps/fast-user-switch-applet/show_screen_item  (default: "always")
  /apps/fast-user-switch-applet/show_window_item  (default: "auto")

These keys control if/when to show the "Login Screen" and "Login Window"
menuitems, respectively. Possible values for these keys include:

  "never" - never show the menuitem.
  "always" - always show the menuitem.
  "auto" - show the menuitem when appropriate (depends on value of Xnest pref).

The defaults should be sufficient, but geeks may play without fear of `issues'
:-).


IV.) Using

To use this applet, simply right-click on any panel, and select the
"Add to Panel" item. Scroll down in the resulting dialog to the item labeled
"User Switcher", and hit "Add" -- that's it. Preferences and the current user's
photo can be set by right-clicking on the applet. 


V.) Gotchas

It is recommended that you edit /etc/esound/esd.conf (the debian/ubuntu
location, other systems may store this file elsewhere) and change the line which
says:

  default_options=

to:

  default_options=-unix -promiscuous

in order to allow all local users to play sounds.

Likewise, gnome-volume-manager (the utility which handles actions for removable
media, such as digital camera media, CDs, and DVDs) may behave strangely if
multiple users are running at the same time. This is a bug in
gnome-volume-manager and cannot be fixed from within FUSA. Sorry :-(.


VI.) Bugs

Bug reports may be filed against the "Fast User Switch Applet" product at

http://bugzilla.gnome.org/

or using GNOME's "bug-buddy" tool.