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    Question kdewallet

    i need somebody to explain kdewallet and how to use it, i just upgraded to suse 11.3 and all of a sudden it started popping up.

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    Default Re: kdewallet

    KWallet is a password management program. You need to set up a password to allow you to access the passwords in it. Thereafter, whenever an application asks you for a password, KWallet will give you the option to store that password (in some cases, you will say 'Not this time'). Whenever you return to an application for which you have a password stored, KWallet will appear and, once you have entered your password, it will supply the password instead of you having to do it.

    In other words, you only need one password however many different passwords you have set in different applications.

    As long as you keep open at least one application that KWallet has supplied a password for, KWallet will remain open and if you open a succession of applications all needing passwords, KWallet will supply the password without asking you for the password. When you close all the applications, KWallet will close and you will have to open it the next time you are asked for a password.

    Note that, for obvious security reasons, you cannot in any way access or edit any of the passwords in KWallet; if you change a password for an application, KWallet will recognise that it has changed and ask you if you want it to store the new password.

    I have use KWallet without any problems for over five years.

    Note that it only works with KDE applications; so you can use it in Konqueror but not Firefox or Chrome which have their own password management programs.

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    arkascha NNTP User

    Default Re: kdewallet

    Hello, ...
    just a minor correction...

    john hudson wrote:
    > KWallet is a password management program. You need to set up a password
    > to allow you to access the passwords in it. Thereafter, whenever an
    > application asks you for a password, KWallet will give you the option to
    > store that password (in some cases, you will say 'Not this time').
    > Whenever you return to an application for which you have a password
    > stored, KWallet will appear and, once you have entered your password, it
    > will supply the password instead of you having to do it.
    >
    > In other words, you only need one password however many different
    > passwords you have set in different applications.
    >
    > As long as you keep open at least one application that KWallet has
    > supplied a password for, KWallet will remain open and if you open a
    > succession of applications all needing passwords, KWallet will supply
    > the password without asking you for the password. When you close all the
    > applications, KWallet will close and you will have to open it the next
    > time you are asked for a password.
    >
    > Note that, for obvious security reasons, you cannot in any way access
    > or edit any of the passwords in KWallet; if you change a password for an
    > application, KWallet will recognise that it has changed and ask you if
    > you want it to store the new password.

    Actually it IS possible to view and change entries in a wallet (not only
    passwords are stored there...):
    When you open the wallet manager (from systray) you can select an entry and
    use the button "show values". It is sometimes not easy to decide which you
    are actually looking for. There are quite some additional limitations.

    > I have use KWallet without any problems for over five years.

    The idea behind the wallet manager is clear, simple and striking. However it
    appears that the implementation is abandoned, feature requests and obvious
    fixes have not been dealt with for month or even years.
    Therefore: it is usable for standard usage scenario, but not for a little
    more complex setups. for example it does allow to define man wallets (makes
    sense), but it does not actually offer any usable method how to use these
    wallets with applications. So it is in fact something like a vaporware the
    moment you are trying to use it in a way that exceeds the basic usage.

    Sorry, but take a look at kdes bugzilla or contact the maintainer, he will
    tell you thze same.

    arkascha

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    Default Re: kdewallet

    Quote Originally Posted by arkascha View Post
    Hello, ...
    just a minor correction...

    john hudson wrote:
    > KWallet is a password management program. You need to set up a password
    > to allow you to access the passwords in it. Thereafter, whenever an
    > application asks you for a password, KWallet will give you the option to
    > store that password (in some cases, you will say 'Not this time').
    > Whenever you return to an application for which you have a password
    > stored, KWallet will appear and, once you have entered your password, it
    > will supply the password instead of you having to do it.
    >
    > In other words, you only need one password however many different
    > passwords you have set in different applications.
    >
    > As long as you keep open at least one application that KWallet has
    > supplied a password for, KWallet will remain open and if you open a
    > succession of applications all needing passwords, KWallet will supply
    > the password without asking you for the password. When you close all the
    > applications, KWallet will close and you will have to open it the next
    > time you are asked for a password.
    >
    > Note that, for obvious security reasons, you cannot in any way access
    > or edit any of the passwords in KWallet; if you change a password for an
    > application, KWallet will recognise that it has changed and ask you if
    > you want it to store the new password.

    Actually it IS possible to view and change entries in a wallet (not only
    passwords are stored there...):
    When you open the wallet manager (from systray) you can select an entry and
    use the button "show values". It is sometimes not easy to decide which you
    are actually looking for. There are quite some additional limitations.

    > I have use KWallet without any problems for over five years.

    The idea behind the wallet manager is clear, simple and striking. However it
    appears that the implementation is abandoned, feature requests and obvious
    fixes have not been dealt with for month or even years.
    Therefore: it is usable for standard usage scenario, but not for a little
    more complex setups. for example it does allow to define man wallets (makes
    sense), but it does not actually offer any usable method how to use these
    wallets with applications. So it is in fact something like a vaporware the
    moment you are trying to use it in a way that exceeds the basic usage.

    Sorry, but take a look at kdes bugzilla or contact the maintainer, he will
    tell you thze same.

    arkascha
    thank you this helps quite a bit, seems i have to learn suse all over again.

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