2 Replies Latest reply: Jun 22, 2008 11:41 AM by Anne4
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Every time I launch an app like Safari I get a dialog box asking for the "Login" Keychain password

I have no idea what the password is, I don't ever remember setting one...I have tried my main log in password and a few others that I normally use, but none of them work...how can I reset this when I can't get past the need the password box to actually change it?


mini...leopard, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • alex burton Level 1 Level 1
    I have had this problem as well did you ever get an answer from anyone on this?
  • Anne4 Level 1 Level 1
    I have just found this reply:-
    in Support > Discussions > Mac OS X v10.3 & earlier > Using Mac OS X ; keychains.
    from Kappy

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    Re: Keychains
    Posted: 12-Apr-2008 16:25 in response to: nikkiiiii
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    See if the following helps:

    Keychain Access asks for keychain "login" after changing login password

    Tutorial: Keychain issues; resolving

    If you can't access your keychain, or forget your password If you can't get into your keychain file because you've forgotten your password or the keychain file appears to be corrupt, there are a couple of options.

    First, if you've forgotten your password, you can use the "Keychain First Aid" utility to make the keychain password the same as the login password.

    This can be accomplished via the following process:

    Open Keychain Access (located in Applications/Utilities
    Go to the "Keychain Access" menu and select "Preferences"
    Click the "First Aid" tab
    Make sure the "Synchronize login keychain password" box is checked
    Close the Preferences window
    Go to the "Keychain Access" menu and select "Keychain First Aid"
    Enter your username and password
    Click the "Repair" button

    Another option is to completely delete your keychain then recreate it. This routine is useful if your keychain appears to be corrupt or otherwise inaccessible.

    This can be accomplished as follows:

    Launch Keychain Access (located in Applications/Utilities)
    Click "Show Keychains" in the lower-left corner of the window.
    Select the problematic keychain from the left-hand pane.
    Navigate to the "File" menu and select "Delete Keychain '(name of keychain)'"
    Check all options for deletion and press "OK"
    Create a new keychain by going to the "File" menu, then "New" and selecting "New Keychain"
    You can now make this keychain your default if you desire by selecting it, then going to the "File" menu and selecting "Make '(name of keychain)' Default"

    Login as root and perform repair In some cases, problems with keychains can only be resolved when logged in as the root user.

    First, enable root user.
    After enabling the root user, and logging in under this account, again open Keychain Access. First attempt repairs using Keychain First Aid, and failing that, delete then recreate the keychain as described above while logged in as root.

    Persistently asked for stored passwords If you are persistently asked for passwords in various applications that you have specified should be remembered in a keychain, your "login" keychain may not be active for one reason or another.

    Navigate to ~/Library/Keychains/ (this is the Library folder inside your user home folder). Find the file named "login.keychain" and double-click it.

    Failing that, select the "login" keychain within the Keychain Access application and make sure it is the default keychain by going to the "File" menu and selecting "Make 'Login' Default"

    Turn off Keychain synchronization in applications having problems If specific applications are experiencing issues when accessing password-protected material, Keychain may be to blame.

    For example, it appears that in some cases, failures in .Mac synchronization transfers are linked to issues with Keychain.

    If you are having problems synchronizing data with .Mac servers, you may want to try the following process:

    Open System Preferences and access the .Mac pane
    Click the "Sync" tab
    Uncheck the "Synchronize with .Mac" checkbox
    Close System Preferences
    Re-open System Preferences and repeat steps 1 and 2
    Re-check the "Synchronize with .Mac" checkbox
    If the above process does not re-allow synchronization, you may need to leave Keychain synchronization turned off in the "Sync" tab of the .Mac System Preferences pane.

    The above comes from an article published on MacFixit.com.

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