Subject: Re: (Off-topic) How to share a .Xauthority file?
To: Paul Goyette <>
From: Gandhi woulda smacked you <>
List: current-users
Date: 07/04/1999 17:28:04
On Sun, 4 Jul 1999, Paul Goyette wrote:

# I'm finally getting around to sharing my /home directory across all of
# my machines, and I've run into a slight problem.
# It seems that whenever I log in to one machine (via xdm), I lose my
# entire .Xauthority file, preventing me from logging in or starting new
# clients on the other machines.
# Is there any way to tell X that I'm sharing this file?

There should be a way to define -- for X -- an authority file, and depending
upon what you're using to start your session, you either have to configure
it in the xdm/Xservers file or in your .login/.profile file.

The exact flag which specifies the auth file escapes me, but I'd be
putting it somewhere like $HOME/.Xauth/$HOSTNAME or some such.

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