MCOOKIESection: User Commands (1)
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NAMEmcookie - generate magic cookies for xauth
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 getrandom(2) system call, /dev/urandom, /dev/random, or the libc pseudo-random functions, in this preference order. See also the option --file.
-f, --file file
- Use this file as an additional source of randomness (for example /dev/urandom). 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.
- Inform where randomness originated, with amount of entropy read from each source.
- Display version information and exit.
- Display help text and exit.
For bug reports, use the issue tracker at <https://github.com/karelzak/util-linux/issues>.
The mcookie command is part of the util-linux package which can be downloaded from Linux Kernel Archive <https://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/util-linux/>.
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