Looking for a way to start XWin -auth option without modifying startxwin.bat

Larry Hall (Cygwin X) reply-to-list-only-lh-x@cygwin.com
Wed Mar 7 23:26:00 GMT 2007

Grant Mills wrote:
> Background:
> Switched from Exceed yesterday.  Quickly realized that remote hosts
> couldn't contact local x server.  xhost <remote_mach> solved that
> problem.  Learned that if I shutdown the X server and restarted, xhost
> settings didn't persist.
> Spent half a day researching and experimenting xauth.  My remote host
> was failing with the MIT-MAGIC-COOKIE-1 error message.  Eventually, I
> added "-auth ~/.Xauthority" to the command line that starts XWin.exe
> in startxwin.bat.  That did the trick.
> Question:
> My question is this... Is there a way to add "-auth ~/.Xauthority"
> option to the startup of XWin.exe without modifying any of the
> provided files?  Something like the ~/.cvsrc file.  I'd like to make
> sure that the next time X-startup-scripts gets updated, I won't have
> to remember what I modified and go back and do it again.
> I tried using ~/.xserverrc but I'd prefer to be able to use
> startxwin.bat in my startup folder.
> I could submit a patch that would check for .Xauthority's existence
> and add the option when detected.  If this is a suitable option, let
> me know and I'll submit it.

~/.xserverrc sounds like a perfectly good spot to me.  It won't get changed
out from under you in the next upgrade (whenever that is) like

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