Nother silly Q?

Gene Heskett gene.heskett at
Mon Apr 16 09:34:06 PDT 2007

Greetings folks;

I just had a case, after a reboot to the same kernel, where I had to 
re-install the nvidia thing again.  However, for some reason I couldn't find 
the installer with a tab completion.

Poking around in /root, where I knew I had stored it, I discovered about 
1500 .xauthHASHNUMBER files dating back for nearly a year!  That is more 
reboots than I've done by a factor of at least 2 & probably 4 or 5.

After getting it installed again and x running, I did a search using lsof to 
see what was using all those files but came up empty, so I nuked them all, 
leaving only a subdir in /root named .xauth, which contained a 'refcount' 
subdir with the 3 users active as subdirs there, but all are empty even after 
I su to one or both in xterms.

Is there a valid explanation for all that?

Cheers, Gene
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