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what is a keyring?

asked 2015-06-02 07:37:22 -0500

Northy gravatar image

I've just installed Fedora 22. At several times, I'm asked for setting a NEW keyring password, including setting my E-mail account. The process defaults E-mail account password as a keyring password. I've never encounter a keyring concept yet. So I wonder how and why.

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answered 2015-06-02 08:12:08 -0500

masteroman gravatar image

Basically gnome-keyring is an application for storing your passwords, SSH keys, certificates etc. Think of it like some kind of password manager.

Official explanation is: "GNOME Keyring is a collection of components in GNOME that store secrets, passwords, keys, certificates and make them available to applications."

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Thank you. Shall I frequently logging with keyring password for using applications that connect to keyring?

Northy gravatar imageNorthy ( 2015-06-02 09:01:11 -0500 )edit

I personally use it for caching my private SSH key passphrase and similar things so I believe it's good enough. So my general recommendation is to use it, but final decision is up to you :-)

masteroman gravatar imagemasteroman ( 2015-06-02 12:01:40 -0500 )edit

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