Non-default Apple Keychain unsupported (web)

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28 Nov, 2011 09:44 PM

I noticed that using the latest PGPMail with Lion that it assumes that your passphrase is on the default keychain. However, I try to keep such things on a non-default keychain that times out and locks after 15 minutes, and not the login default keychain.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Luke Le on 29 Nov, 2011 01:06 AM

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    Hi slagell,

    first, do you mean PGPMail (the commercial version of Symantec) or GPGMail?
    GPGMail doesn't assume that your passphrase is in the default keychain, rather allows you to store your passphrase there, if you want to.

    Could you describe the actual problem you're seeing or the error message you're getting?

    We're happy to help if you can provide us with a little more information

  2. 2 Posted by adam on 29 Nov, 2011 01:22 AM

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    I meant GPGMail. Sorry.

    It stores the passphrases to my default keychain fine. But if I move them to another one, then I am asked for the key passphrases again and it no longer looks in the keychain. It does off to save them again for me, at which point I can store them in my default keychain again.

    So the behavior is 100% normal as long as I leave the passphrases for my keys in the default keychain, and problems only occur if I want to store them to a non-default one. No error messages, simply acts like there is no stored passphrase.

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Luke Le on 29 Nov, 2011 01:30 AM

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    You are right, that's the default location where passphrases are stored and there's no way to change that behavior at the moment as a user.
    I'll open a ticket for it, but unfortunately it will take some time to support it.

    Sorry for the inconvenience.

  4. Support Staff 4 Posted by Luke Le on 29 Nov, 2011 01:48 AM

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    It seems the change is very minor.
    If you want, I could send you a version with a fixed path to your keychain as a temporary solution

  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by Luke Le on 29 Nov, 2011 02:51 AM

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    The version of pinentry-mac linked below allows you to specify a custom keychain path.

    pinentry-mac v.0.8.1 -

    1.) Change to /usr/local/MacGPG2/libexec
    2.) Move the application (folder) to
    3.) Move the from the zip file to that location
    4.) Use the defaults command to specify the new path

    $> defaults write org.gpgtools.common KeychainPath

    Hope that helps

  6. 6 Posted by Slagell, Adam J on 29 Nov, 2011 03:13 AM

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    Sent from my mobile

  7. Alex closed this discussion on 29 Nov, 2011 07:26 AM.

  8. Slagell, Adam J re-opened this discussion on 29 Nov, 2011 03:14 PM

  9. 7 Posted by Slagell, Adam J on 29 Nov, 2011 03:14 PM

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    Worked perfectly. Thanks!

  10. Support Staff 8 Posted by Luke Le on 29 Nov, 2011 03:16 PM

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    Great! We'll include the change in the next release and add a preference in GPGPreferences if more users request this feature.

  11. Luke Le closed this discussion on 29 Nov, 2011 03:16 PM.

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