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> Xauth Problem, .Xauthority
dlj0
post Mar 6 2006, 07:23 PM
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I seem to have broken my .Xauthority file. I kept getting an error message (sorry, exact text forgotten) about xauthority trying to deal with locks in ~/.Xauthority. Well, I tried to re-generate .Xauthority, but it would not happen. I tried xauth -b, as the manual page on my desktop suggested, but that was not successful. My solution was to comment out the xauth parts of /usr/X11R6/bin/startx, but that is probably not ideal.

I realized I had a problem when I could no longer remotely display X clients from my desktop machine; my hack lets me do that again, but is not the real fix.

How the sam hell do I re-generate the ~/.Xauthority file so that it allows me, as a regular user, to export displays to the machine, and to use X based programs if I su to root? The man page says that xdm controls .Xauthority files. I tried to run xdm (I usually use startx from the console on the Zaurus), but it did not do anything.

BTW, I have already suid root'd my busybox so that I could actually su from my user account.

Hmm, my signature does not seem to show up: Oh, yes it does, but not when I ask to preview the post. Never mind.

machine: Zaurus SL-C3100
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post Mar 7 2006, 09:32 AM
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[quote=dlj0,Mar 6 2006, 11:23 PM]
I seem to have broken my .Xauthority file. I kept getting an error message (sorry, exact text forgotten) about xauthority trying to deal with locks in ~/.Xauthority.

Never mind. Somehow, my $HOME directory got chown'd to root. I have no idea how that happened. At any rate, chown-ing it back to my user account fixed it.

Odd glitch.
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