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  • 15. Re: Disappearing keychain? Leopard you magician you!
    Tim Fall Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
    I to have run into the same problem. I noticed that trying to save some airport passwords, the keychain "(my username)" did not exist. I checked Keychain Access and it looks like it shows both login.keychain and (username).keychain but that login contains all of my information. Also, a thorough search of the drive revealed no trace of any (username).keychain. I'm more than a little worried.


    Any news from Apple?
  • 16. Re: Disappearing keychain? Leopard you magician you!
    Louis Trapani Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    OK, after I went through the trouble of getting the keychain files from my clone backup I made prior to installing Leopard, I noticed that indeed my original Keychain files were still in the Keychain folder within the Library folder of my user account. First I tried to import them, but it wouldn't allow it. Then I simply dragged and drop the file on the Keychain Access application icon and they showed up in the application.

    My passwords have been restored. At least this worked for the Keychain file I was manually using... But I am guessing the same will be true for the former default automatic Keychain file I had been using under Tiger as well if I do the same. The Leopard installation process must have renamed it itself.

    Cheers,
    Louis
  • 17. Re: Disappearing keychain? Leopard you magician you!
    controller2k Level 2 Level 2 (155 points)
    This has happened to me in Tiger too. (Leopard install was fine on 3 machines). I don't know why Tiger did it to me, but the solution was restoring a backup of the keychain. In those cases I just dumped the backup in the Library and it worked.
  • 18. Re: Disappearing keychain? Leopard you magician you!
    Tim Fall Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
    Apple just released an update to address this issue!
  • 19. Re: Disappearing keychain? Leopard you magician you!
    james c Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
    Update did not fix
  • 20. Re: Disappearing keychain? Leopard you magician you!
    Tim Fall Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
    My mistake. This update appeared to be meant to fix this issue, but doesn't appear to have done anything to solve it.
  • 21. Re: Disappearing keychain? Leopard you magician you!
    Norm Goodger Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    The only way the update could resolve the issue is if it were installed from the DVD, which won't happen until they release a 10.5.x DVD.

    I just rebuilt my keychain, it was easier than trying to find ways to bring the other back.
  • 22. Re: Disappearing keychain? Leopard you magician you!
    Impish Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)
    Well, renaming my keychains as described above did not solve the problem for me.

    However, Apple has just released an update specifically to address the keychain issue. You can find it in System Update pref pane.

    I just installed it, restarted, and so now I'll find out whether it worked or not.
  • 23. Tentative Solutions For Disappearing Keychains
    Tim Fall Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
    Drawing from the above posts and and my own experience, I have the following set of initial solutions for the disappearing keychain problem:

    *"Login" is the only keychain you see and/or applications cannot find the (username) keychain:* Take a look in ~/Library/Keychains and see if the (username) keychain physically exists. If it does not, then proceed to the next paragraph. If it does, read on and I'll mention what to do.

    In order to get your Login keychain (which should contain all of your stored items) to be your default, open keychain access and highlight the login keychain. Under the file menu there is an option to make this the default keychain. Select this option. Now, listed under keychains you should see both the login keychain and the (username) keychain with the login keychain in bold. Now run Keychain First Aid in the Keychain menu and repair your keychains. First Aid should see that the reference to (username) keychain points to a file that does not exist and remove it from the list. Applications should no longer look to the (username) keychain to store new items.

    If you did find the (username) keychain in the proper place, Keychain First Aid should have detected it and corrected the reference. You can now use either the login or (username) keychains, just set the one you want to default.

    As long as one of the keychains in your list contains your items (it should) then this solution should work. There is no need to restore or "rebuild" your keychains, simply change the references and defaults to reflect which ones you want to use. I hope this solution helps. Let me know if you have any questions.
  • 24. Re: Tentative Solutions For Disappearing Keychains
    james c Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
    Tim's fix worked for me
  • 25. Re: Tentative Solutions For Disappearing Keychains
    Roger Traill Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
    Tim's solution also worked for me. Just one clarification. If you run Key Chain first aid the "username" keychain will disappear but the error message still appears. Tim's comment assumes you haven't already done this, ie says you will see both "login" and "username" keychains.

    If you username keychain isn't in your username/library/keychains (replaced by "login.keychain") you only have to select "login" under keychains and make it the default to fix the problem. Running "Keychain first aid" then says there is no problem.

    I am grateful to Tim for working out the solution
  • 26. Re: Disappearing keychain? Leopard you magician you!
    Impish Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)
    I haven't tried Tim's solution yet, but I did install Apple's keychain update, and so far so good.

    FYI
  • 27. Re: Disappearing keychain? Leopard you magician you!
    Robert Pearson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    killed my keychain ( the hasty software update did not fix it, Leopard killed Photoshop CS3(tells me the application is "locked" and to "unlock" it in "Get info" it's not unlocked in "Get info", and will not work, other CS3 applications are fine AI/ID/LR/BR. Some Widgets do not work.
    Disc utility will not fix "Modified files" ???? I have run it numerous times,
    I am ow back on 10.4.10, thanks Super Duper, although I am not 100% fixed as my reinstall of os 10.4.10 with Super Duper is not working properly, I am running Disc Warrior/Drive Genius" etc to see if I can get it up and running before work tommorow..what a wasted weekend.
  • 28. Re: Disappearing keychain? Leopard you magician you!
    pmonaghan Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)
    Apple just issued a Login & Keychain Update via Software Update. Seems to have fixed my problem.
  • 29. Re: Disappearing keychain? Leopard you evil magician you!
    This is the real me Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    My keychains didn't disappear. There were just problems. Repairs. Crashes. Renamings. Restored backups. Renamings. Crashes. Repairs. Crashes. Lost passwords. And clipped passwords! Ex. iChat doesn't know my AIM password; looking it up in Keychain Access shows me 4 characters of about 16.

    I'm now recovering a lot of passwords. It's a real drag filling out web forms, remembering a security question from 5 years ago, and trying to sync all these services on 2 Macs (work and home).

    (Final Cut Studio also wants serial numbers, Motion won't launch, and pretty much all the shine has gone off Leopard.)