Since a few days ago my Gnome-keyring daemon hasn't been starting up properly.

After logging in:

ps aux | grep keyring
user       3496  0.0  0.0 214408 15800 ?        SLl  13:30   0:00 /usr/bin/gnome-keyring-daemon --daemonize --login

Apps complain about not being able to access the keyring (and fail to do so), some shortcuts are very slow CTRL+ALT+T for terminal or Print screen can both take up to a minute between key press and action)

Seahorse does not show the login keyring

$ /usr/bin/gnome-keyring-daemon
SSH_AUTH_SOCK=/run/user/1000/keyring/ssh
$ ps aux | grep keyr
user       3496  0.0  0.0 214408 15800 ?        SLl  13:30   0:00 /usr/bin/gnome-keyring-daemon --daemonize --login
user       8524  0.1  0.0 211004 12468 pts/5    SLl  13:38   0:00 /usr/bin/gnome-keyring-daemon

Then, as soon as an app wants to access I get the keyring password prompt. Once unlocked, the keyring works properly.

I had a look to startup apps for my session and I only have one command that is relevant:

/usr/bin/gnome-keyring-daemon --start --components=ssh

I added /usr/bin/gnome-keyring-daemon to startup apps, but it will prompt for the keyring password after each login, which wasn't happening before.

Any idea on what happened and how to fix this please?

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    I actually wonder if an update might have caused this. I am experiencing the exact same issue, and I have just about exhausted every single resource I have just shy of doing a complete reinstall. I hope that someone might have figured this one out. I am able to get the daemon to start up OK, but I cannot get the keyring to unlock at log in time. – Terrance Mar 31 '17 at 2:53
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    Strangely this is affecting me since today on 16.04. – Byte Commander Jun 3 '17 at 22:14
  • I have the same problem on a gnome-shell (from Ubuntu Gnome 16.04) install. Started recently. So it seems not unity-related... – Rmano Jul 26 '17 at 11:22
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    @ByteCommander 's method solved the problem for me. Thanks... – Rmano Jul 26 '17 at 13:48

I'm facing the same issue,

as an temporary solution try to run the following after login

gnome-keyring-daemon --start --replace --foreground --components=secrets,ssh,pcks11

When I'm doing this it prompts me to enter my secret to unlock my keyrings.

  • It still asks for the password to unlock the keyring – Laurent May 12 '17 at 23:57
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    This worked great! But I just needed to remove the --start option because it's not compatible with --replace – Anwar May 22 '17 at 13:58
  • chrome was taking to long to load, in terminal i type gnome-keyring-daemon, then close and open chrome , now i am able to type my password, thankyou – christianbueno.1 Sep 16 '17 at 16:38

I could work around this problem by uninstalling dbus-user-session (and its dependendants xdg-desktop-portal and xdg-desktop-portal-gtk). Those packages came in through installing flatpak.

Thanks to Olaf who brought me on the right track (https://forum.ubuntuusers.de/topic/gnome-keyring-daemon-doppelt/)

  • this seem to work for several people, including me. See this bug report starting at #67 for more info. bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gnome-keyring/+bug/1689825 – Antonios Hadjigeorgalis Jul 17 '17 at 22:09
  • This should be the top answer as it permanently fixes the issue without any other side effects - except maybe that the application that wanted dbus-user-session installed might be slightly upset, but better just that one than the whole system. – Byte Commander Aug 4 '17 at 12:36
  • It didn't solved it for me – Laurent Aug 14 '17 at 3:38

I've been able to fix the slow shortcut and hanging chromium, by commenting out one line in /etc/pam.d/lightdm

# session optional        pam_gnome_keyring.so auto_start

The issue seems to affect more users btw: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gnome-keyring/+bug/1689825

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    It still asks for the password to unlock the keyring – Laurent May 12 '17 at 23:57
  • Hmm... I have the same problem, with gnome-shell and gdm, so this is probably not directly related. Thanks anyway, will explore pam... somewhere the gnome-keyring-daemon will have to be started – Rmano Jul 26 '17 at 11:21
  • I run gnome-sheel too, so looking at the config I found a similar line in /etc/pam.d/gdm-password. I commented it out but it didn't solve the issue. – Laurent Aug 14 '17 at 3:40

I had exactly the same problem. Basically, whenever I started up, I could see the gnome-keyring-daemon as a process (ps -ef | grep keyring). If I manually issued the gnome-keyring-daemon using --start option, it would not start up the one fault instance already running. By a process of manual deduction, I found that if I killed that process and started a new keyring, then everything worked perfect. so here is what I did to make the solution "sticky"....

go to menu - system configuration - startup apps

delete the gnome-keyring-daemon entry that is already there (if you have one)

create a new gnome-keyring daemon with the following properties:

Name = Gnome Keyring Daemon
Command = /usr/bin/gnome-keyring-daemon --replace --daemonize --components=pkcs11,secrets,ssh
Comment = Gnome Keyring Manager Daemon

Save the startup item, but make sure it has a small delay - I added 10 seconds, and set the option "On"

Now Reboot, and it worked flawlessly for me. It seemed to be the --replace and --daemonize settings that made the difference on my VirtualBox Mint 18.3 cinnamon and a Lenovo G710 Laptop, having tried various combinations of other suggestions on here.

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