Re: [Evolution] Evolution hangs if Gnome Keyring isn't open before starting

Thanks, Pete and others. I do know the different between seahorse and gnome-keyring. But maybe I'm not explaining this well:

1. As I said, I use Ubuntu auto-login, so the keyring is *not* unlocked at login. The keyring process is, however, started as follows:

~$ ps -fe | grep keyring
[username]         946       1  0 10:34 ?        00:00:00 /usr/bin/gnome-keyring-daemon --daemonize --login

2. When I start Evolution with the keyring locked, I am *not* prompted to enter my keyring password, and Evolution hangs. By contrast, when I start Chrome with the keyring locked, I am prompted to enter my keyring password.

Again, I conclude that the issue is with Evolution. Is my reasoning faulty?

On Sun, Dec 19, 2021, at 10:17 AM, Pete Biggs wrote:

> I can confirm that I have seen the same problem for a long time
> with my older CentOS-7-supplied Evolution 3.28.5 under Mate.
> I can add that when I log in after a bootup, Seahorse is not running.
> If I start evolution first, it asks for the password.  If instead of
> entering it, I then start seahorse with my login password, evolution
> gets the email password from seahorse and I don't have to answer its
> query.  If I start seahorse first, evolution never asks me for a
> password.

I think it's important to get the terminology and function of the
various programs correct so that there's no confusion.

Seahorse is the Gnome frontend for managing passwords, encryption keys
and so on.  It does not store any information itself, it's just a

gnome-keyring is the backend daemon that stores passwords and keys (and
other things).  Various applications use gnome-keyring to securely
store information - evolution is one of those. (Well, technically,
evolution uses libsecret that in turn uses the DBus Secret Service API
that allows any backend store, but gnome-keyring is currently the only
one that provides it.)

> My conclusion is that this is not an evolution problem at all,
> but a problem with getting seahorse, or whatever machinery is
> behind it, or whatever it is you call Keyring, to start at login.

Running seahorse will start gnome-keyring if it isn't already present.
It is the presence of gnome-keyring that is important, not the presence
of seahorse.

> I have been unable to find a seahorse discussion group to bring
> this up.  It might have to do with Mate vs. gnome in my case,
> but the similarity of my problem to the one posted suggests it is
> not that, but some machinery that is common to gnome and Mate
> startup independent of evolution.  Further insight would be welcome.

Gnome login will automatically start gnome-keyring and unlock the
default/login keyring. You can do the same thing for other desktop
environments by setting up PAM correctly. Note this only works if the
login password is same as the default keyring password.  If the
passwords are different or the login password is not available (i.e. if
you start it outside the login process) then you will be prompted for
the password.


evolution-list mailing list
evolution-list gnome org
To change your list options or unsubscribe, visit ...

[Date Prev][Date Next]   [Thread Prev][Thread Next]   [Thread Index] [Date Index] [Author Index]