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I ask because I don't have a ~/.ICEauthority file in either of my two minimalist systems and so far none of my apps has complained about the lack of it. ...
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    What kind of programs use ICEauthority?


    I ask because I don't have a ~/.ICEauthority file in either of my two minimalist systems and so far none of my apps has complained about the lack of it. I know that gdm needs it and won't log you in without it but why else might you need it?
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    I may be wrong on this, but I believe ~/.ICEauthority only applies to systems using IceWM.
    That's my preferred WM, and I have that file... and I still don't know its real function.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jayd512 View Post
    I may be wrong on this, but I believe ~/.ICEauthority only applies to systems using IceWM.
    That's my preferred WM, and I have that file... and I still don't know its real function.
    IceWM may use it but so do Gnome and KDE and their display managers definitely need it for logging on. I've browsed around a bit and it seems that xfce doesn't use it. ICE in this context stands for Inter-Client Exchange and it's a kind of client-to-client
    authorisation protocol, similar to the way that Xauthority authorises you to the server. My guess is that simple window-managers
    don't use it but that you end up with it all the same if you install anything that brings in the gnome or KDE libraries.
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    Some ICE information can be found here
    It looks as though the system can be used for authentication, but that depends on the protocol used for information exchange.
    Code:
    iceauth list
    will show information on authentication used with ICE. iceauth list gives me several lines like this, I use IceWm ...
    Code:
    ICE "" local/Desktop-PC:/tmp/.ICE-unix/28354 MIT-MAGIC-COOKIE-1 46f68a5795dc1606b1677793f02f7029
    XSMP "" local/Desktop-PC:/tmp/.ICE-unix/28354 MIT-MAGIC-COOKIE-1 9c32ae8d8bcfdab55d11ac326cfa35bf

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