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Re: Need basic help with KDE Wallet, added question: (both) SOLVED

On Sun, Dec 11, 2005 at 04:39:34PM +0100, Florian Kulzer wrote:
> Hi Paul,
> Paul E Condon wrote:
> >On Sat, Dec 10, 2005 at 12:37:28PM -0700, Paul E Condon wrote:
> >
> >>I was confronted recently with a request for the password of my KDE 
> >>Wallet.
> >>I didn't know I had one. I guessed my logon password for Debian, but that
> >>didn't seem to work ("seem" because I had no idea why the request was 
> >>made,
> >>or by what module). I decided to try to undersand, but I am confused.
> >KWallet Manager docs also say that "A system tray icon indicates that a 
> >wallet is open." What is the system tray? I can't find a definition or
> >an example image. 
> >
> The system tray is part of the KDE panel, i.e. the bar which has the 
> button for the K menu, other icons, maybe a clock, etc. It might be 
> disabled on your system. You should be able to turn it on by right 
> clicking on an "empty" spot of the panel and selecting "add to panel > 
> applet > system tray". If this point is grayed out in this menu that 
> means it is already activated. If you suspect that there is a 
> configuration problem, it might help to deactivate it ("remove from 
> panel > applet > system tray") and activate it again. The system tray 
> itself is "invisible", but can be filled with all sorts of useful icons, 
> for example to access klipper (a clipboard management tool), KDE notes 
> ("sticky notes" for your desktop), the K-organizer for tasks and 
> appointments, etc.
> If the system tray is activated, you should be able to get the icon for 
> the wallet manager by selecting "K menu > settings > wallet management 
> tool". Make sure, however, that your settings in "K menu > control 
> center > security & privacy > KDE wallet" allow the icon to be 
> displayed, i.e. check the box "show manager in system tray" and uncheck 
> the box "hide system tray icon when last wallet closes". The icon itself 
> looks like a wallet, opened or closed depending on the status of the 
> wallet manager. If you left click on this icon, a window should open 
> which displays all existing wallets and allows you to access and manage 
> them (e.g. adding and deleting wallets with a right click context menu).
> Since you seem to have inadvertently set an unknown password for the 
> standard wallet it will probably be best if you delete it and generate 
> it again as a new wallet. You should then be prompted to type your 
> password twice (as usual when setting new passwords). The wallet 
> password can and should be different from your user password. Afterwards 
> you can go to the control center again and tell KDE to use the new 
> wallet by default. (It will probably do that anyway if there is only one 
> wallet.)
> If you suspect a configuration problem, you can start "from scratch" by 
> deleting the file "~/.kde/share/config/kwalletrc" and the directory 
> "~/.kde/share/apps/kwallet". (These will be recreated automatically from 
> default templates when they are needed again.) Before you do that it 
> might be worthwhile to create a new "clean" user and see if the wallet 
> system works when you log in as this user, just to be certain that the 
> problem is caused by the configuration files and not by something else.
> I hope this helps you to get the KDE wallet system working. It is a 
> really handy feature: A central repository for all KDE applications to 
> store and manage passwords in a secure way. (The information is 
> encrypted on the harddisk.) Whenever you have to type a password in 
> Konqueror, for example, you are prompted if you want to add it to the 
> wallet and the next time you access this webpage (or other resource) 
> again it will be automatically retrieved. It is also possible to add 
> your own items to any existing wallet, for example to store credit card 
> numbers in a safe way (e.g. on a laptop which might get stolen).
> Best regards,
>                  Florian

This is really a great answer! I didn't have a 'system tray' in my
panel.  I don't know why. I don't recall ever seeing it. It's been a
long time since I originally installed KDE. Maybe I did it when Sarge
was in early testing, and the system tray was temporarily not part of
the Debian package. Maybe ...  Anyway, I now have a system tray and
access to the wallet. And I have a much better grasp of the KDE way.


Paul E Condon           

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