Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 508739
xvfb-run <command> errors out with: "mktemp: too few X's in template `Xauthority'"
Last modified: 2010-09-14 12:06:44 EDT
Description of problem:
xvfb-run fails to create temporary Xauthority file due to mktemp incompatibility.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
$ xvfb-run /usr/local/bin/flashplayer
Steps to Reproduce:
Yes, this just cannot work:
# If the user did not specify an X authorization file to use, set up a temporary
# directory to house one.
if [ -z "$AUTHFILE" ]; then
if ! mkdir -p -m 700 "$XVFB_RUN_TMPDIR"; then
error "temporary directory $XVFB_RUN_TMPDIR already exists"
AUTHFILE=$(mktemp -p "$XVFB_RUN_TMPDIR" Xauthority)
Matej, I ran into the same problem but I don't understand how your proposal can work.
I ran the commands in your script manually, but when mktemp command gets executed, it still complains with the very same error message "to few X in template". This is because mktemp seems to expect a filename template that contains mutliple XXX in order to replace them with the temporary name.
So, but your hint towards Xauthority was helpful.
and saw that one can manually specify a file.
xfvb-run -f /tmp/any-filename-for-xauthority run-my-command
and that works for me.
or some such.
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This is still an issue. Fix is in the bug report - should be simple.
Still an issue in FC12 using coreutils-7.6-9.fc12.i686
Thanks Orion for the "some such!"
the actual edit (vi `which xvfb-run`) is 2 lines down :
- AUTHFILE=$(mktemp -p "$XVFB_RUN_TMPDIR" Xauthority)
+ AUTHFILE=$(mktemp -p "$XVFB_RUN_TMPDIR" Xauthority.XXXXXXXX)
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*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 544036 ***