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MCOOKIE

Section: User Commands (1)
Updated: December 2014
Index Return to Main Contents
 

NAME

mcookie - generate magic cookies for xauth  

SYNOPSIS

mcookie [options]  

DESCRIPTION

mcookie generates a 128-bit random hexadecimal number for use with the X authority system. Typical usage:

xauth add :0 . `mcookie`

The "random" number generated is actually the MD5 message digest of random information coming from one of the sources /dev/urandom, /dev/random, or the libc pseudo-random functions, in this preference order.  

OPTIONS

-f, --file file
Use this file as an additional source of randomness. When file is '-', characters are read from standard input.
-m, --max-size number
Read from file only this number of bytes. This option is meant to be used when reading additional randomness from a file or device.
The number argument may be followed by the multiplicative suffixes KiB=1024, MiB=1024*1024, and so on for GiB, TiB, PiB, EiB, ZiB and YiB (the "iB" is optional, e.g., "K" has the same meaning as "KiB") or the suffixes KB=1000, MB=1000*1000, and so on for GB, TB, PB, EB, ZB and YB.
-v, --verbose
Inform where randomness originated, with amount of entropy read from each source.
-V, --version
Display version information and exit.
-h, --help
Display help text and exit.
 

BUGS

It is assumed that none of the randomness sources will block.  

FILES

/dev/urandom
/dev/random  

SEE ALSO

md5sum(1), X(1), xauth(1), rand(3)  

AVAILABILITY

The mcookie command is part of the util-linux package and is available from Linux Kernel Archive


 

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