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       gtkcookie - edit Netscape cookie file


       gtkcookie [ Gtk options ]


       gtkcookie  supports  the  command  flags  common  to  all  Gtk applications.  There are no
       gtkcookie-specific flags.

   What happens at startup
       On startup, gtkcookie  will  try  to  find  your  Netscape  cookie  file  by  looking  for
       ~/.netscape/cookies.  If  ~/.netscape/cookies  is  found, gtkcookie will load the file and
       show it in a multi-column list.

   Opening a cookie file
       Regardless of whether gtkcookie finds your cookie file, or you have to open  it  manually,
       when  you  open  the  file,  all  of your Netscape cookies are displayed in whatever order
       Netscape wrote them into the file.

   Sorting a cookie file
       You can sort the cookies by any column by clicking on the heading for that column.

   Human-readable dates
       The final column is actually not stored in your cookie  file,  but  is  a  translation  of
       Netscape's  native  date  field. Netscape stores the date as the number of seconds since 1
       Jan 1970 (familiar to anyone who's spent any time on Unix), but gtkcookie translates those
       dates into human-readable expiry dates in the final column.

   Editing cookies
       To  edit  a  cookie,  double-click  on the cookie, and a cookie edit dialogue will pop up.
       You'll notice that the date, in seconds since the epoch (the epoch is 1 Jan 1970), is  not
       an  editable field, whereas the human-readable date is. Follow the format presented in the
       edit dialogue box, and as you edit the human-readable date, the  expiry  date  in  seconds
       since  the  epoch  will update itself. Please note (as repeated in the bugs section below)
       that although dates later than 2038 are supposed to present problems, (you'll see the date
       in seconds since the epoch become -1) dates on or after 2036 seem to present problems. I'm
       still looking into this.

   Searching for text strings
       Under the Edit menu, select Find. Type in a string or substring that you wish to find, and
       press  the  Find  button.   If the string or substring is found anywhere in a cookie, that
       cookie will become selected, and the view  will  scroll  to  that  cookie,  if  necessary.
       Pressing  Find  again  will search for the next instance, or pop up a "not found" dialogue
       box if the string wasn't found. In its current version, gtkcookie isn't yet  smart  enough
       to  re-start  a  search from the top of the cookie list, so if you need to search from the
       top, hightlight the first cookie, and then do your search.

   Deleting cookies
       Right click on a cookie, and select "Delete" from the popup menu, or click on  the  cookie
       and press "Del" on your keyboard.

   Creating cookies
       Press  the  "Create Cookie" button. A cookie with dummy values will be added to the cookie
       list, and the "Edit Cookie" dialogue box will pop up so that you can edit the  new  cookie
       to  your  liking.   Note  that even if you press "Cancel" immediately after creating a new
       cookie, the new cookie, with its dummy values, will still be in the list.  You'll have  to
       delete the cookie manually.


              The Netscape cookie file in your home directory






       Manni Wood: or


       1.  The  "Edit  Cookie" dialogue has problems with on-the-fly conversion of human-readable
       dates to the number of seconds since the epoch for dates later than 2036. For some reason,
       despite  the  fact  that the date is supposed to overflow in 2038, the C function strptime
       flubs up the conversion for dates larger than 1036.

       Unfortunately, this means that when you edit a cookie whose expiry date is after 2036, the
       edit dialogue box shows the number of seconds since the epoch as -1. There is currently no
       workaround to this problem, besides moving the date back 2 years.

       2. Although the "find" feature is supposed to always highlight and  scroll  to  any  found
       item, sometimes, the item becomes highlighted, but is outside the current view.

       3.  The  file open and save dialogues don't show directories beginning with a dot (such as
       .netscape!) but typing such directory names manually will work.

       4. Double-clicking in the scroll bar will pop up the "Edit Cookie" dialogue  box  for  the
       currently highlighted cookie.

       5.  Editing the cookie file while Netscape is running is futile, because Netscape will re-
       write the cookie file when you exit Netscape, based on what's in its memory, not what's in
       the  cookie  file.  A popup menu in my programme warns you of a running netscape... unless
       you're running Netscape 4.5. Netscape 4.5 doesn't seem to create the same lock  file  that
       earlier Netscapes used to.

                                           October 1998                              gtkcookie(1)