Bug 446963 - seahorse-agent under kdm doesn't start gnome-keyring/ssh-agent
seahorse-agent under kdm doesn't start gnome-keyring/ssh-agent
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: seahorse (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Seth Vidal
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2008-05-16 15:23 EDT by Carl Roth
Modified: 2009-07-14 12:28 EDT (History)
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Description Carl Roth 2008-05-16 15:23:58 EDT
Description of problem:

I'm not sure if this is a seahorse issue, a gnome-keyring issue or a
kdm/kde-settings issue; please re-file as appropriate.

I'm trying to get a working keyring setup for KDE so that my NetworkManager and
SSH all have that rich user experience that we all crave.  A lot of this is
related to BUG427466.

Given that we can't get away from seahorse and gnome-keyring on KDE (what with
the GPG and NetworkManager tie-ins) it would be reasonable here to request that
seahorse and gnome-keyring-daemon startup scripts be tweaked a bit to work with kdm:

* xinit scripts currently start ssh-agent very late in the login process.  This
is too late for seahorse-agent, as it needs to have a working SSH_AUTH_SOCK when
it starts up.

* kdm startup scripts *do* start gpg-agent, which may or may not include
ssh-agent support.  This happens after seahorse-agent has started, which is too

* xinit doesn't explicitly start gnome-keyring-daemon.  gdm (and some gnome
applications) do this as a side-effect, but kdm does not.  Ideally we would want
gnome-keyring-daemon to start very early on in the xinit process to provide SSH
support for seahorse-agent.

* If KDE starts up with seahorse-agent installed, it appears that one of the
gnome applications (possibly seahorse-agent itself) automatically starts
gnome-keyring-daemon, but with the wrong arguments: it uses an explicit
'--components' switch that disables SSH integration.  The workaround for this
appears to be to start gnome-keyring-daemon explicitly in xinitrc.d (before
seahorse-agent of course).

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install seahorse-agent
2. Login using a KDE desktop
3. Grovel around to see what's running (ssh-agent, gpg-agent, seahorse-agent,
4. Grovel around the login environment to see what sockets are defined
Actual results:
Usually I end up with extra copies of ssh-agent and gpg-agent running.

Expected results:

We currently have four keyring utilities at play here (I'm not including kwallet
here but it would be nice if it was on the list too).

What we should see on a running KDE desktop is:

* SSH_AUTH_SOCK provided by (in order of preference): gnome-keyring-daemon,
gpg-agent, ssh-agent
* GPG_AGENT_INFO provided by (in order of preference) seahorse-agent, gpg-agent
* ssh-agent and gnome-keyring-daemon should not be both running
* gpg-agent and seahorse-agent should not be both running

Additional info:

I am able to get this to work by suitable tampering of scripts in
/etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.d, /etc/kde/env, /etc/kde/shutdown.  I can provide
examples if necessary.  It's all very fragile and it would be better if these
half-solutions could be pushed upstream.
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