gtkcookie - edit Netscape cookie file
gtkcookie [ Gtk options ]
gtkcookie supports the command flags common to all Gtk applications.
There are no gtkcookie-specific flags.
What happens at startup
On startup, gtkcookie will try to find your Netscape cookie file by
looking for ~/.netscape/cookies. If ~/.netscape/cookies is found,
gtkcookie will load the file and show it in a multi-column list.
Opening a cookie file
Regardless of whether gtkcookie finds your cookie file, or you have to
open it manually, when you open the file, all of your Netscape cookies
are displayed in whatever order Netscape wrote them into the file.
Sorting a cookie file
You can sort the cookies by any column by clicking on the heading for
The final column is actually not stored in your cookie file, but is a
translation of Netscape’s native date field. Netscape stores the date
as the number of seconds since 1 Jan 1970 (familiar to anyone who’s
spent any time on Unix), but gtkcookie translates those dates into
human-readable expiry dates in the final column.
To edit a cookie, double-click on the cookie, and a cookie edit
dialogue will pop up. You’ll notice that the date, in seconds since the
epoch (the epoch is 1 Jan 1970), is not an editable field, whereas the
human-readable date is. Follow the format presented in the edit
dialogue box, and as you edit the human-readable date, the expiry date
in seconds since the epoch will update itself. Please note (as repeated
in the bugs section below) that although dates later than 2038 are
supposed to present problems, (you’ll see the date in seconds since the
epoch become -1) dates on or after 2036 seem to present problems. I’m
still looking into this.
Searching for text strings
Under the Edit menu, select Find. Type in a string or substring that
you wish to find, and press the Find button. If the string or
substring is found anywhere in a cookie, that cookie will become
selected, and the view will scroll to that cookie, if necessary.
Pressing Find again will search for the next instance, or pop up a "not
found" dialogue box if the string wasn’t found. In its current version,
gtkcookie isn’t yet smart enough to re-start a search from the top of
the cookie list, so if you need to search from the top, hightlight the
first cookie, and then do your search.
Right click on a cookie, and select "Delete" from the popup menu, or
click on the cookie and press "Del" on your keyboard.
Press the "Create Cookie" button. A cookie with dummy values will be
added to the cookie list, and the "Edit Cookie" dialogue box will pop
up so that you can edit the new cookie to your liking. Note that even
if you press "Cancel" immediately after creating a new cookie, the new
cookie, with its dummy values, will still be in the list. You’ll have
to delete the cookie manually.
The Netscape cookie file in your home directory
Manni Wood: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
1. The "Edit Cookie" dialogue has problems with on-the-fly conversion
of human-readable dates to the number of seconds since the epoch for
dates later than 2036. For some reason, despite the fact that the date
is supposed to overflow in 2038, the C function strptime flubs up the
conversion for dates larger than 1036.
Unfortunately, this means that when you edit a cookie whose expiry date
is after 2036, the edit dialogue box shows the number of seconds since
the epoch as -1. There is currently no workaround to this problem,
besides moving the date back 2 years.
2. Although the "find" feature is supposed to always highlight and
scroll to any found item, sometimes, the item becomes highlighted, but
is outside the current view.
3. The file open and save dialogues don’t show directories beginning
with a dot (such as .netscape!) but typing such directory names
manually will work.
4. Double-clicking in the scroll bar will pop up the "Edit Cookie"
dialogue box for the currently highlighted cookie.
5. Editing the cookie file while Netscape is running is futile, because
Netscape will re-write the cookie file when you exit Netscape, based on
what’s in its memory, not what’s in the cookie file. A popup menu in my
programme warns you of a running netscape... unless you’re running
Netscape 4.5. Netscape 4.5 doesn’t seem to create the same lock file
that earlier Netscapes used to.
October 1998 gtkcookie(1)