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I'm using Ubuntu Maverick (Gnome), a month ago I updated like usual whenever Update Manager informed me of new updates. The thing that happened is that a program called kdewallet got installed on my machine, and every time I try to do something that requires password like svn, it pops up and starts getting really annoying. How can I get rid of it? It's not even in the Synaptic Package Manager.

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You tagged it "kde", are you using Gnome or KDE? (just to be sure, kde could be a dependency of an other program) – Lekensteyn Jun 6 '11 at 8:48
As far as I know, Ubuntu uses Gnome and Kubuntu uses KDE. Is that right? and I don't really know why a program called kde-something is running on my computer! – David Weng Jun 7 '11 at 0:29
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KDE Wallet is a core part of KDE, it's in the package kdebase-runtime.

To disable it run kcmshell4 kwalletconfig and continue at step 3 or start from the beginning:

  1. Start System setings
  2. Open Account Details
  3. Go to the "KDE Wallet" tab
  4. Uncheck Enable the KDE Wallet subsystem
  5. Click Apply to apply the changes and close the settings window.

To get a list of the programs that depends on the kdebase-runtime package, run:

 apt-cache --no-enhances --no-suggests --no-recommends --installed rdepends kdebase-runtime

On Ubuntu, the output shows just "kdebase-runtime [newline] Reverse Depends:". On Kubuntu, a whole list follows.

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I can't find this System settings you're talking about, I'm using Ubuntu, don't know if it's the case in Kubuntu! – David Weng Jun 7 '11 at 0:26
@David Weng: try running the kcmshell4 kwalletconfig command directly. Could you paste the output of apt-cache --no-enhances --no-suggests --no-recommends --installed rdepends kdebase-runtime on and add that link in a comment? – Lekensteyn Jun 7 '11 at 7:34
This works for some applications but not chrome. I think because there are multiple kwallets floating around. See… – jozxyqk Nov 2 '15 at 2:30
This doesn't work anymore in (K)Ubuntu 15.10. – Paŭlo Ebermann Feb 5 at 13:34

I executed:

  1. Start System settings.
  2. Go to the Advanced tab.
  3. Press KDE Wallet icon.
  4. Uncheck Enable the KDE Wallet subsystem.

OS: Ubuntu 10.04.4 LTS.

In Ubuntu 14.04 (trusty), step (2) is now "Go to Account Details"

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I got rid of the "KDE Wallet System" dialog (whenever I started Chrome) as follows:

  1. Edit ~/.config/kwalletrc (see note below), and add

  2. Kill the kdewallet daemon:
    pkill kdewallet5 (or killall kdewallet5)

I found this option when I looked through the source code (on or at the Github mirror).

If putting kwalletrc in ~/.config does not work, then your system probably uses a different directory for storing configuration files. The config file is created in a directory identified by QStandardPaths::GenericConfigLocation, so I used qtpaths to look up the path (~/.config = /home/rob/.config in my case):

$ qtpaths --paths GenericConfigLocation

Note: if you don't want to completely disable kwallet, but only for Chrome, you can use the --password-store=basic flag as I explained at Disable kwallet popups from chrome. If you start Chrome via a wrapper script or shortcut, I recommend using --password-store=basic in case you need kwallet for something else. I disabled kwalletd instead of using this flag because I develop Chrome, and it's inconvenient to add this flag all the time when I run ./chrome.

(Tested on ArchLinux, but it should also work on Ubuntu. Use sudo apt-get install qttools5-dev-tools if you want to use qtpaths to find the configuration directory).

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