I’ve got a server at work that I need to SSH into as a different user, then do an “sudo su -” to become root, and then run a program with X11 forwarding.
I was getting this error:
PuTTY X11 proxy: MIT-MAGIC-COOKIE-1 data did not matchWarning: This program is an suid-root program or is being run by the root user. The full text of the error or warning message cannot be safely formatted in this environment. You may get a more descriptive message by running the program as a non-root user or by removing the suid bit on the executable. xterm Xt error: Can't open display: %s root@myserver:~#
Some googling lead me to this blog post which didn’t work for me, but put me on the right path.
Here’s the line I ended up using
su - non_root_user_name -c "xauth list" | xargs -n 3 xauth add
If you need to use this frequently you could add an alias to you /root/.bashrc file
alias xwork='su - non_root_user_name -c "xauth list" | xargs -n 3 xauth add'
That way you can just run xwork when you need X11 working.