The GNOME Keyring stores passwords in an encrypted file that can be accessed by applications.
Manage using GUI
pacman -S seahorse
It is possible to leave the gnome keyring password blank. In seahorse, on the Passwords tab, right click on "Passwords: login" and pick "Change password." Enter the old password and leave empty the new password. You will be warned about using unencrypted storage; continue by pushing "Use Unsafe Storage."
Use Without Gnome
It is possible to use GNOME Keyring without the rest of the gnome desktop. This can be accomplished by adding to your .xinitrc:
# Start a dbus-session source /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.d/30-dbus # Start Gnome-Keyring eval $(/usr/bin/gnome-keyring-daemon --start --components=gpg,pkcs11,secrets,ssh) # You probably need to do this too: export SSH_AUTH_SOCK export GPG_AGENT_INFO export GNOME_KEYRING_CONTROL export GNOME_KEYRING_PID
See Bug #13986 for more info.
To add your SSH key:
$ ssh-add ~/.ssh/id_dsa Enter passphrase for /home/mith/.ssh/id_dsa:
To list automatically loaded keys:
$ ssh-add -L
To disable all keys;
$ ssh-add -D
Now when you connect to a server, the key will be found and a dialog will popup asking you for the passphrase. It has an option to automatically unlock the key when you login. If you check this you will not need to enter your passphrase again!
The gnome-keyring dialog does not appear in some terminals when connecting with SSH
Add the following lines to your
SSH_AUTH_SOCK=`netstat -xl | grep -o "$HOME"'/.cache/keyring-.*/ssh$'` [ -z "$SSH_AUTH_SOCK" ] || export SSH_AUTH_SOCK
If you run on your terminal the following:
will return something like the following:
Now when you connect with ssh, gnome-keyring dialog will launch the "entry of the passphrase"
Unlock at Startup
GNOME's login manager (gdm) will automatically unlock the keyring once you login, for others it is not so easy.
For SLiM, see SLiM#SLiM_and_Gnome_Keyring
If you are using automatic login, then you can disable the keyring manager by setting a blank password on the login keyring. Note: your passwords will be stored unencrypted if you do this.
gnome-keyring-query from the AUR provides a simple command-line-tool for querying passwords from the password store of the Gnome Keyring.