Provided by: util-linux_2.32-0.1ubuntu2_amd64
mcookie - generate magic cookies for xauth
mcookie generates a 128-bit random hexadecimal number for use with the X authority system. Typical usage: xauth add :0 . `mcookie` The "random" number generated is actually the MD5 message digest of random information coming from one of the sources getrandom() system call, /dev/urandom, /dev/random, or the libc pseudo-random functions, in this preference order. See also the option --file.
-f, --file file Use this file as an additional source of randomness (for example /dev/urandom). When file is '-', characters are read from standard input. -m, --max-size number Read from file only this number of bytes. This option is meant to be used when reading additional randomness from a file or device. The number argument may be followed by the multiplicative suffixes KiB=1024, MiB=1024*1024, and so on for GiB, TiB, PiB, EiB, ZiB and YiB (the "iB" is optional, e.g., "K" has the same meaning as "KiB") or the suffixes KB=1000, MB=1000*1000, and so on for GB, TB, PB, EB, ZB and YB. -v, --verbose Inform where randomness originated, with amount of entropy read from each source. -V, --version Display version information and exit. -h, --help Display help text and exit.
It is assumed that none of the randomness sources will block.
The mcookie command is part of the util-linux package and is available from Linux Kernel Archive ⟨https://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/util-linux/⟩.