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asked 2014-08-01 08:25:10 -0500

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Ever since the most recent update (or perhaps the one before that), I've had trouble with my Fedora 20 "Online Accounts" feature, specifically as applied to my Gmail account.

So, here's the problem I'm having:

All of a sudden, I'm now periodically prompted by Fedora to enter my Gmail account password. When I do so, it tells me my password was typed incorrectly. Now, I'm 100% positive I'm typing it right. No problem, I'll just erase my Gmail account in the "Online Accounts" section of Settings, and start from scratch; surely that will fix my problem.

I erase my Gmail account, and begin to re-add the same account. The gmail log-in screen pops up, I type in my email and password, and it transfers me to the confirmation page—the one that asks you about whether you're ok with Fedora having access to all these different bits of info—at which point I confirm and yay, my account it setup and this time it's going to work for sure because I just logged into my gmail account using the "Online Accounts" feature so it just must work now, right? Nope.

Five seconds later the same password prompt pops up asking me to supply my Gmail password, after which it invariably tells me I've typed it wrong.

* Confused and frustrated *

Any help would be much appreciated!

N.B.: I'm not sure if this is important, but my password does include special characters, i.e. those that are found above the number keys.

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An idea: try switching imap to pop or pop to imap servers!

abadrinath gravatar imageabadrinath ( 2014-08-01 20:55:41 -0500 )edit

I'm having the exact problem, Fedora 20 64bit, latest updates

ruturajv gravatar imageruturajv ( 2014-08-01 22:24:36 -0500 )edit

Are you using Two-Factor Authentication?

QuLogic gravatar imageQuLogic ( 2014-08-02 00:22:05 -0500 )edit

strangely its started working automatically !!! WTF ?!

ruturajv gravatar imageruturajv ( 2014-08-02 06:45:22 -0500 )edit

Well, I think the problem just comes back. I've pressed cancel more than a few times. More importantly, however, I don't see my google calendar events which leads me to believe it's not actually connecting to the service.

As for switching imap to pop or vice versa, I'm really not sure how to do that. I don't see any options in the "Online Accounts" section.

torvum gravatar imagetorvum ( 2014-08-02 17:46:59 -0500 )edit

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answered 2015-01-13 06:26:33 -0500

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Trying this. Will see if it makes the same popup in F21 go away as well!

jflory7 gravatar imagejflory7 ( 2015-01-19 14:31:21 -0500 )edit

answered 2015-03-08 10:22:57 -0500

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I had this issue on CentOS 7 - just installed and fully updated (over 300 updates!).

The fix was to first turn off the Calendar in the CentOS 7 -> Settings -> Online accounts.

This caused the calendar for the Google account to disappear in Evolution.

Then I added a new calendar directly in Evolution of type Google. Since I used two-factor authentication, I had to generate and App Password specifically for this in my Google -> Account Settings -> App Passwords.

I had been doing that before but the prompt would never accept that App Password.

When doing it this way, the App Password was accepted and I can access that Google account calendar in Evolution.

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Seeing as the issue still happens in Gnome on Fedora 21, this is probably the best solution for the time being.

jflory7 gravatar imagejflory7 ( 2015-03-09 15:43:11 -0500 )edit

answered 2015-08-13 09:17:06 -0500

After this happened to me, I get an email from gamil:

Sign-in attempt prevented. Someone just tried to sign in to your Google Account from an app that doesn't meet modern security standards...

I installed Linux Fedora 22 yesterday.


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