[Xquartz-dev] 2.3.0-rc4

Martin Costabel costabel at wanadoo.fr
Sun Jun 15 15:05:16 PDT 2008

Merle Reinhart wrote:
> Ok.  The problem is the .Xauthority file.
> Starting X11 I get the error everyone is talking about after I deleted  
> the .Xauthority file.  An empty one didn't solve the problem, it  
> wanted actual contents.
> 1) So, I started X11, got the errror.
> 2) cp .Xauthority my.Xauthority    # The idea here is to save a valid  
> file
> 3) quit X11.  This deletes the contents of the .Xauthority file which  
> means the next time you start up X11, you get the error
> 4) cp my.Xauthority .Xauthority  # This gives X11 some contents on  
> startup
> 5) startup X11 and no error.

I can confirm this, with the addition:

6) Subsequent starts of xterm w/o X11: No error.

So it seems quitting X11 kills the ~/.Xauthority file, but only if it 
was dead or non-existent at X11 startup. If there was a valid non-empty 
~/.Xauthority file when X11 started, it will not be destroyed at 
quitting X11. Weird.


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