7 Replies Latest reply: Oct 31, 2009 9:43 PM by purposemc
mvest20 Level 1 (115 points)
I have been having an issue now for several months with OS X. It is a known issue, the PubSubAgent glitch that comes from RSS feeds in Mail and syncing bookmarks through MobileMe. In my case I have isolated the problem to bookmarks syncing. Every time I disable bookmark syncing, my machine runs perfectly. As soon as I turn syncing on, I get a message about every 20 or 30 minutes prompting me to put in my account password. In Leopard, I got this message:
PubSub Agent wants to use your confidential information stored in ‘idisk.mac.com mvest20’ in your keychain. Do you want to allow access to this item?"
I was hoping that Snow Leopard had cleaned this glitch up, unfortunately, no luck. Now the message I get is this:
Type an administrator's user name and password to allow OS X to make changes. Mac OS X wants to use the System keychain. Under the details tab, the computer tells me that the application that wants to use the keychain is PubSubAgent.
So, the question, does anyone know of a fix for this? For now I am leaving off my bookmark syncing, but I really like having my iPhone having full access to my computer's bookmarks and vice versa. If anyone has any suggestions or advice, I would be very appreciative.

Message was edited by: mvest20

Macbook Pro 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.6), Standard configuration (Early 2008)
  • Camelot Level 8 (46,650 points)
    This sounds like a classic keychain problem - the OS isn't saving the keychain for some reason.

    Run Keychain Access and repair your keychain to see if that helps.
  • V.K. Level 9 (56,110 points)
    did you click "always" allow in the popup dialog asking about using the keychain?
    I don't use mobileme but according to this kb article that's all you need to do
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 (103,360 points)

    PubSubAgent is the name of the process used for Safari RSS feeds.

    PubSubAGent is asking for your iDisk password because its trying to sync your Safari bookmarks & RSS feeds to your iDisk. Just hit "always allow". It's just saving your password to your Keychain.

  • mvest20 Level 1 (115 points)
    I have clicked "Always Allow" many times, but as long as bookmarks are set to sync the same message will pop back up every half hour or so. I have also run Keychain First Aid several times, and that has had no success resolving the issue.
  • pideja Level 1 (0 points)
    I feel for you. Since installing Snow Leopard, i've lost ALL priviledges even though I am ADMINISTRATOR on this machine. This means I can't do any modifications at all, including installing new drivers, creating a new account, changing anything that needs a confirmation of login/password.
    So, whatever solution is submitted to "fix" this situation, I can't do it because I don't have permission to implement the solution.

    Anybody have a solution?
  • Banuschka Level 1 (10 points)
    Maybe this this document

    can help you. It isdescribed for Leopard 10.5 but it also works under Snow Leopard.
    The only change is in Step 9, because the Directory Utility has been removed from the Utilities directory in Snow Leopard. It now called /System/Library/CoreServices/Directory Utility.
    I followed all the steps and changed my user account back from Standard to Administrator.

    Look also at the discussion in http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=10061135&#10061135
    It helped me!
  • purposemc Level 1 (0 points)
    I have this problem too. I've had the problem in 10.5 for a year and it still exists in Snow Leopard. My work around is to move the popup dialog to the bottom right of the screen and ignore it.