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Old 08-11-2004, 08:37 PM   #1
trey85stang
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weird files in /root ?? what are these?


Ok, I still consider myself a noob.. but anyways... I have a few weird files I noticed while in /root.. I do not know what they are and am curious....

This is Mandrake 10 CE.

here is the ls.

Code:
[root@localhost root]# ls -a
./             .cshrc          .kde/           tmp/          .Xdefaults
../            Desktop/        .loki/          .viminfo      .xsession-errors
.bash_history  drakx/          .menu/          .vimrc
.bash_logout   .fonts.cache-1  .qt/            .Xauthority
.bash_profile  .fullcircle/    .recently-used  .xauthrYlDhj
.bashrc        .ICEauthority   .tcshrc         .xauthxPvV9n
[root@localhost root]#
my question is.. what exactly are the two .xauth* files?? they are files not directories... and they cannot be opened with vi or gedit etc...
 
Old 08-11-2004, 09:04 PM   #2
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They're probably encrypted password files. That would explain why you can't open them. Most of the stuff that starts with "." is stuff you shouldn't mess with, especially in /root

Hope that clears things up!
 
Old 08-12-2004, 01:23 AM   #3
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They are cookie files for xauth authentication. Refer to the xauth howto for more information. A quick way to determine what cookie file is in use is to type xauth -v.


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Old 08-12-2004, 01:49 PM   #4
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They are cookie files for xauth authentication. Refer to the xauth howto for more information. A quick way to determine what cookie file is in use is to type xauth -v.


Håkan
thanks for the info!
 
  


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