gnome keyring always needs to be unlocked

Robert Relyea rrelyea at
Thu Oct 18 23:32:49 UTC 2007

Douglas McClendon wrote:
> Jeff Spaleta wrote:
>> On 10/18/07, Kevin Kofler <kevin.kofler at> wrote:
>>> Encrypted home directories are a solution for a computer which can 
>>> be stolen.
>>> If you're worried about your central server getting stolen, you have 
>>> bigger
>>> security problems than keyring security. ;-) Permissions should be 
>>> enough to
>>> secure a computer if physical security is present.
>> Are suggestion that linux laptop users are somehow immune to falling
>> prey to problem which require  troubleshooting application
>> configurations stored in a user's home directory?
> It's an interesting question as to what 'doesn't matter'.  I.e. mail 
> server passwords and other data and configuration stored in 
> ~/.thunderbird.  Or everything stored in ~/.firefox.  Those seem to me 
> to be things I'd like encrypted by default as a laptop user, in 
> addition to what you described as some special xdg style directory.
Your general data is stored in ~/.thunderbird and ~/.firefox, but your 
passwords are already stored encrypted in those directories (or should 
be if you have "use master password to encrypt" set in your 
privacy/password settings).

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