When running Ubuntu 19.10 on both Wayland and X11 I am still getting this "important" warning in gnome-logs:

gkr-pam: unable to locate daemon control file

Does anyone know what it means and what might be causing it?

  • Have you tried starting with a different Linux kernel? In my case, I had the same problem with the latest Linux kernel with the same message. But a version prior to that booted fine.
    – Tun
    Commented Sep 15, 2020 at 2:41
  • @Tun I'm not OP, but I have gone through several kernels since around the end of 2020 December, when I installed 20.04, and I keep having this warning ever since, regardless of kernel version.
    – Levente
    Commented Mar 23, 2021 at 23:02

2 Answers 2


My ubuntu 20.04.2 has the same issue.

My workaround is comment this line at /etc/pam.d/gdm-password: #auth optional pam_gnome_keyring.so

after that open terminal and type gdm3: sudo systemctl restart gdm3.service

  • Is this something that may get restored to its original state after an update? In other words, does one need to do this repeatedly?
    – Levente
    Commented Mar 23, 2021 at 23:03
  • no, it is permanent, but before an ugrade you should use the command: apt list --upgradable and confirm libpam or gdm do not be updated Commented Mar 23, 2021 at 23:26
  • This solution is not acceptable to me as it results in a message that the gdm keyring was not found and I have to input my password by hand after every startup. Commented Mar 25, 2021 at 7:17

At this moment you can suppress this message by doing this: /etc/pam.d/gdm-password

auth optional pam_gnome_keyring.so only_if=gdm

only_if=gdm should do the trick ...

but it wouldnt auto unlock gnome-keyring :(

  • Please don't add a new answer to address a comment. Instead, edit your other answer and add that info there. Also make sure to properly format your answer. See askubuntu.com/editing-help Thanks! Commented Dec 3, 2022 at 20:05
  • ok i saw this option a few minutes, thanks Commented Dec 5, 2022 at 4:02

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