Using notify-send for notifications from cron-run scripts

The Lost Admin thelostadmin at
Thu Jul 28 15:16:24 UTC 2016


You probably need use xauth to export the X11 authentication cookie from your user account to the root account.

The Lost Admin
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> On Jul 22, 2016, at 3:41 PM, twilight <pipfstarrd at> wrote:
> Hello guys!
> I'm trying to do some automation on my machine and I would like to have
> freebsd-update and portsnap ran weekly. I want to send a notification to
> my X session after completing the update fetch, that new updates are
> available (updating automatically would not be desired as a good case
> due to uncontrollable results).
> But I've came across a problem: fetching fresh ports and freebsd updates
> requires the scripts to be ran from root, but in root session I'm unable
> to notify-send anything to my display.
> I've tried to set `export DISPLAY=:0`, but that didn't work out.
> Also I've tried to use `env DISPLAY=:0 su twilight -c 'notify-send
> "...."'` but that didn't work out either.
> Searching the net also lead me up to the same advances.
> What am I doing wrong? I'd be very thankful for any advice
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