Using an X11 session as another user

Hey guys,

Ran into this one today where I wanted to run a cucumber test from one of our remote agents on AWS.

I was ssh’ing into it as ubuntu and then swapping the user sudo su jenkins-node and running my feature.

I kept getting the following error

X11 connection rejected because of wrong authentication.

This was fixed by running the following

#As ubuntu user
xauth list|grep `uname -n`
#Copy the hex key

sudo su jenkins-node
xauth add $DISPLAY . hexkey

I was then able to run X as jenkins-node :)

Hope this helps others


13 Nov 2012