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Re: Starting X programs

Dale Scheetz <dwarf@polaris.net> writes:

> export XAUTHORITY=/home/user/.Xauthority

> works! Can you explain why? It appears that the user is the only thing
> mentioned in the .Xauthority file (althought there are unreadable binary
> portions of this file) so why does this work? (or not work, as the case
> may be)

> Thanks for all the info,

Type "xauth list :0", you see something like:

  hostname/unix:0  MIT-MAGIC-COOKIE-1  12345123451234512345123451234512

The number is your magic cookie. It can be used to connect to your X
server.  If you go to any other machine and type:

xauth add host.domain.etc:0 MIT-MAGIC-COOKIE-1  12345123451234512345123451234512

Then that machine can talk to the X server at: host.domain.etc:0
(Until X is restarted and the cookie changes.)

The collection of cookies is stored in ~/.Xauthority

  "xauth list"

will list all of them.


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