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by Julien on December 9th, 2007

Some time ago, I had explained why I thought I would never use network-manager, especially because of the gnome-keyring password which should be typed in at every new session.

The last evolution-data-server upload introduced a gnome-keyring binding which forced me to inquire again on how to avoid this annoying gnome-keyring password.

This led to the libpam-gnome-keyring which allows the keyring to be unlocked automatically at login from the display manager. This is great!

I am now using network-manager on my laptop!

I am still puzzled about the fact that there is no network connection until someone logs in, but I guess I will live with this, especially with a desktop machine.

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  1. lloeki permalink

    I am still puzzled about the fact that there is no network connection until someone logs in.

    there’s none because the connection is initiated and controlled by the user initiated nm-applet (including per-user tokens like wpa passphrase). networkmanger being only an abstraction backend to network management.

    one could ‘easily’ write a command line frontend (nm-config?) based on nm-tool (network-manager) and nm-applet (gnome-network-manger). this one could then implement a daemon started at boot, reading auth tokens from a system-wide file.

    how to resolve ‘control conflict’ between nm-applet and (supposedly) nm-config is an issue to be debated.

  2. Hi,

    I should have detailed this in my post: system-wide configuration has been added to the NM roadmap for a while (see I am not involved in the NM development, and I have no idea what the current situation is in the development branch, but I guess one should be able to see some changes in the next major release, which is a great thing.


  3. Olivier Berger permalink

    How exactly is the pam module working.

    I have installed the package and modified the /etc/pam.d/gdm file according to the instructions in the README… but no password prompt is issued on session start…

    What should I expect ?

  4. Hi Olivier,

    This is exactly what is to be expected 😉
    The aim is to avoid the 2 passwords. I think that if you use the same password for your session and for the default keyring, you will never be asked for a password.

    Note that GDM is already configured to work with libpam-gnome-keyring.


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