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XHOST(1)										 XHOST(1)

       xhost - server access control program for X

       xhost [[+-]name ...]

       The  xhost  program is used to add and delete host names or user names to the list allowed
       to make connections to the X server.  In the case of hosts, this  provides  a  rudimentary
       form  of  privacy  control  and security.  It is only sufficient for a workstation (single
       user) environment, although it does limit the worst abuses.   Environments  which  require
       more  sophisticated measures should implement the user-based mechanism or use the hooks in
       the protocol for passing other authentication data to the server.

       Xhost accepts the following command line  options  described  below.   For  security,  the
       options that effect access control may only be run from the "controlling host".	For work-
       stations, this is the same machine as the server.  For X terminals, it is the login host.

       -help   Prints a usage message.

       [+]name The given name (the plus sign is optional) is added to the list allowed to connect
	       to the X server.  The name can be a host name or a user name.

       -name   The  given name is removed from the list of allowed to connect to the server.  The
	       name can be a host name or a user name.	Existing connections are not broken,  but
	       new  connection attempts will be denied.  Note that the current machine is allowed
	       to be removed; however, further connections (including attempts to  add	it  back)
	       will not be permitted.  Resetting the server (thereby breaking all connections) is
	       the only way to allow local connections again.

       +       Access is granted to everyone, even if they aren't on the list (i.e., access  con-
	       trol is turned off).

       -       Access  is  restricted  to  only those on the list (i.e., access control is turned

       nothing If no command line arguments are given, a message indicating whether or not access
	       control	is currently enabled is printed, followed by the list of those allowed to
	       connect.  This is the only option that may be used from machines  other	than  the
	       controlling host.

       A complete name has the syntax ``family:name'' where the families are as follows:

       inet	 Internet host
       dnet	 DECnet host
       nis	 Secure RPC network name
       krb	 Kerberos V5 principal
       local	 contains only one name, the empty string

       The family is case insensitive.	The format of the name varies with the family.

       When    Secure	RPC   is   being   used,   the	 network   independent	 netname   (e.g.,
       "nis:unix.uid@domainname") can be specified, or a local user can be  specified  with  just
       the username and a trailing at-sign (e.g., "nis:pat@").

       For  backward  compatibility  with  pre-R6  xhost,  names  that contain an at-sign (@) are
       assumed to be in the nis family.  Otherwise the inet family is assumed.

       For each name added to the access control list, a line of the form "name  being	added  to
       access  control	list"  is printed.  For each name removed from the access control list, a
       line of the form "name being removed from access control list" is printed.


       X(7x), Xsecurity(7x), Xserver(1), xdm(1)

       DISPLAY to get the default host and display to use.

       You can't specify a display on the command line because -display is a valid  command  line
       argument (indicating that you want to remove the machine named ``display'' from the access

       The X server stores network addresses, not host names.  This is	not  really  a	bug.   If
       somehow	you change a host's network address while the server is still running, xhost must
       be used to add the new address and/or remove the old address.

       Bob Scheifler, MIT Laboratory for Computer Science,
       Jim Gettys, MIT Project Athena (DEC).

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