Bug 1413338 - xmonad session doesn't support GNOME keyring
Summary: xmonad session doesn't support GNOME keyring
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: xmonad
Version: 25
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Ben Boeckel
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2017-01-15 03:37 UTC by Simon Guest
Modified: 2017-12-12 10:03 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2017-12-12 10:03:45 UTC
Type: Bug

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xmonad-start script which starts GNOME keyring (1.42 KB, application/x-shellscript)
2017-01-16 04:49 UTC, Simon Guest
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Description Simon Guest 2017-01-15 03:37:15 UTC
Description of problem:

No support for GNOME keyring, which would need to be in xmonad-start script.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):


How reproducible:

Login using the xmonad session from xmonad-basic package.  Observe that e.g. ssh keys are not cached.

Steps to Reproduce:

1. Login with xmonad session from gdm
2. ssh <somewhere>

Actual results:

have to type ssh passphrase, aarggh!  :-)

Expected results:

ssh passphrase is available in GNOME keyring via the GNOME keyring daemon

Additional info:

I currently have to use a user script (i.e. ~/.xsession) to do this, rather than the xmonad session from xmonad-basic package.  It would be better if /usr/bin/xmonad-start contained the following lines (given that Fedora is a GNOME-based distro, so GNOME based solutions such as keyring are preferable to e.g. pam_ssh (which is a bit troublesome, actually)):

# for GNOME keyring, see https://blog.san-ss.com.ar/2011/03/using-gnome-keyring-in-xmonad
eval $(gnome-keyring-daemon --start)

Comment 1 Jens Petersen 2017-01-16 03:18:07 UTC
Thanks for the suggest.

Do you want to propose a patch?
It should probably be conditional on the presence of gnome-keying.

Comment 2 Simon Guest 2017-01-16 04:49:18 UTC
Created attachment 1241087 [details]
xmonad-start script which starts GNOME keyring

Here's a copy of the xmonad-start script from the RPM, amended to start GNOME keyring conditionally if it exists.

Because the script is not from upstream, but is part of the Fedora packaging, no patch is required, simply replace the xmonad-start script from the source RPM with this one.

$ diff safe/xmonad-start /usr/bin/xmonad-start 
> if [ -x /bin/gnome-keyring-daemon ]; then
>     eval $(gnome-keyring-daemon --start)
>     export GNOME_KEYRING_PID
> fi

Comment 3 Jens Petersen 2017-01-17 04:03:50 UTC
Thanks Simon, I merged your change into the rawhide branch.

Comment 4 Simon Guest 2017-01-17 06:52:49 UTC
Hi Jens,



Comment 5 David Gibson 2017-07-21 04:40:39 UTC
Unfortunately this fix makes things much worse if you're not using gnome-keyring (e.g. using the openssh ssh-agent, because gnome-keyring *still* doesn't support non-RSA keys).

It starts gnome-keyring - and more importantly, points SSH_AUTH_SOCK at it, even if you attempt to disable gnome-keyring's ssh agent component in the configuration.

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