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[farmshare-discuss] Issue Logging In with Putty on Windows

Chris Young cvyoung at
Sat Sep 29 12:48:08 PDT 2012

Hi Victor,

I was connecting to the general  I just tried  
corn13 and corn15 and got the same thing with the .Xauthority file.

I have the Stanford kerberos program where I put my password in once  
when I first log in to my computer.

Running "kinit -f" prints nothing to the screen after I put in my  

I'm running the XWin Server that come with Cygwin-X.  I know that's  
not the problem because I can log into another unix cluster I use for  
work (they're running Linux on Intel Xeon cores, not sure if that  
matters) and I can get x windows forwarded and appearing on my local  

Thanks for getting back so quickly,

On Sep 29, 2012, at 12:37 PM, Victor Chavez wrote:

> On Sep 29, 2012, at 12:32 PM, Chris Young <cvyoung at>  
> wrote:
>> I was wondering if someone could shed some light on an error I'm  
>> getting logging in to corn on a PC using Putty.  (Everything works  
>> fine on my mac using X11 and the -X flag for ssh.)
>> I have X11 forwarding enabled.  When I first log in it hangs for  
>> several seconds and I get a message:
>> /usr/bin/xauth: timeout in locking authority file /afs/ir/users/c/v/ 
>> cvyoung/.Xauthority
>> I can do simple things like change directories, but all the file  
>> permissions in my home directory have "???????" listed until I do a  
>> "kinit; aklog" and type in my password.
>> I also can't do anything requiring X11 windows.  Trying to run  
>> "xclock" gives:
>> "PuTTY X11 proxy: wrong authorisation protocol attempted"
>> "Error: Can't open display: localhost:14.0"
>> I'm assuming it's something in my Putty settings for SSH.  Anybody  
>> run across something like this before?
> Are you connecting to '' or a specific corn?  If  
> you try logging into another corn, do you get different behavior?
> Are you using password auth or kerberos?  When you login, can you  
> run 'kinit -f' and paste the results?
> And just checking: do you have an X Server on your Windows system  
> (e.g. Xming)?
> -- 
> Victor Chavez, 650.736.8350
> Sr. SysAdmin, Stanford IT Services
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