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I don't have a .Xauthority file in my home folder. I want to create it, please tell me the steps to do so in ubuntu 10.10.

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Maybe it would help, if you tell us why you want/need to create this file. – htorque Jan 17 '11 at 12:39

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In Ubuntu 10.10 there's no longer a ~/.Xauthority file. Instead you'll find the equivalent in


which will be re-created with new random characters on every session start. You can get its name via the $XAUTHORITY environment variable.

If you need a ~/.Xauthority file to be present, I guess you can simply create a symbolic link to $AUTHORITY on every session start:

  1. Open System > Preferences > Startup Applications

  2. Click on Add :

    • Name: Xauthority
    • Command: /bin/bash -c 'ln -s -f "$XAUTHORITY" ~/.Xauthority'
    • Comment: Creates a symbolic link from ~/.Xauthority to $XAUTHORITY

    and add the entry by clicking on Add.

  3. Now every time you log in, it should create the link to the current authority file.

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On my 10.10, there is no ~/.Xauthority by default. – loevborg Jan 17 '11 at 10:38
@loevborg: Thanks, I totally missed that. Updated my answer. – htorque Jan 17 '11 at 12:52
Thanks a lot guys problem is solved, actually problem was setting the wrong ENV variable in the script for $DISPLAY – Parimal N Jan 17 '11 at 13:15
On my 12.04, there's still an ~./Xauthority file... – Cerin Feb 3 '14 at 5:21

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