Messenger automatically resets itself

Asked by Aspie

Binary package hint: empathy

On this computer only, everytime I turn on the computer, I have to add my Messengers like AIM (which is the only one I use). Then a keyring comes up asking for a password. No password for this computer works.

On my laptop, I do not have this problem. The only difference is, is that I enter a password to get into the OS on mine. But I'm pretty sure it worked before when I didn't have a login password set for the OS.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.10
Package: empathy 2.32.1-0ubuntu1.1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.35-27.48-generic
Uname: Linux 2.6.35-27-generic x86_64
Architecture: amd64
Date: Sat Mar 12 20:26:30 2011
ExecutablePath: /usr/bin/empathy
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" - Release amd64 (20101007)
SourcePackage: empathy

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This question was originally filed as bug #734095.

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Aspie (freespiritaspie) said :
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Geoffrey McClinsey (geoffmcc) said :

When you setup the AIM account threw empathy it is trying to store the login credentials in the
Gnome Keyring. Because you are not inputing the proper password it is not saving the data.
Therefore the next time you log into empathy your aim account is not available.

This is not a bug. This is expected behavior.

Converting to a question: How do I change gnome keyring password

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Geoffrey McClinsey (geoffmcc) said :

The password for the keyring (if you have not changed it) should be the password used to create the user account.
Try that password. If it works and you want to change it to something else [requires old password] you can do so by going to

System/Preferences/Passwords and Encryption Keys --- then highlight passwords:login and right click, choose change password.

If you cant figure out what the password is then there is the destructive option. This will destroy the whole keyring and it will be generated again [and will ask you for a password] the next time it is used. You will loose all the passwords stored in the keyring, but if you don't have the password to access the keyring they aren't doing you any good anyways.

To delete the file:

rm ~/.gnome2/keyrings/login.keyring

or threw gui

In home directory press ctrl + h to show all files. Then go to .gnome2 and keyrings and delete file. ctrl + h to hide files again.

Whichever route you go just reboot [or possibly just log out and in again] afterwards and then setup your aim account threw empathy again. This time you should be prompted for a password for the keyring. Create the password. Now empathy should store your aim account.

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