Change password for keyring manager

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How can the password for the keyring manager (the password that unlocks all of the passwords kept by the keyring manager) be changed?

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Chess Griffin (griffinc) said :

There is no easy way to do this for security reasons.

However, there are two workarounds I have come across to accomplish this task. The first is to remove and then reinstall the gnome-keyring-manager application. The second is to delete the file ~/.gnome2/keyrings/default.keyring. You can do that using the terminal, by typing "rm ~/.gnome2/keyrings/default.keyring" or by opening up the Nautilus File Manager, pressing Control-H to show hidden files, and then navigating to the .gnome2 directory, then they keyrings directory, and deleting the default.keyring file by right clicking on it. You'll then either need to log out and log back in or reboot for the everything to be reset. In both solutions, for security purposes, all the saved passwords etc. will be lost.

Hope this helps.

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-=Dante=- (brenford) said :

After deleting the default keyring and logging out/in, it still unlocks automatically, and trying to remove the keyring manager from synaptic tells me i have to uninstall gnome desktop along with it. Does anyone know of another way to make the keyring manager ask you for a password?

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-=Dante=- (brenford) said :

After doing a little research There is a program called seahorse (available in synaptic) that allows you to change the default password for the keyring.

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Eric Amundson (sewmyheadon) said :

Thanks Dante and Chess! Installing Seahorse worked perfectly. Seahorse saves the existing passwords, offers a bunch of other options, and has a great help file.

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komputes (komputes) said :

Dante, note that seahose will only allow you to change your keyring password if you have the old password to the keyring. If you have lost it, I thing the solution "rm ~/.gnome2/keyrings/default.keyring" may work.

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skidaddy (skidaddy45) said :

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