How to Reset the Gnome Keyring in Ubuntu 12.10

Under Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal, the keyrings folder is ~/.local/share/keyrings. In this article I will show you how to reset your Gnome Keyring on Ubuntu 12.10. If you have Ubuntu 12.04, replace ~/.local/share/keyrings/ with ~/.gnome2/keyrings/.

You have two possibilities:

  • Reset everything : delete all passwords and start a new keyring
  • Use the same keyring : reset the keyring password but keep the old passwords in the keyring

Resetting everything:

$ rm ~/.local/share/keyrings/login.keyring

Using the same keyring:

1. Backup your keyring:

$ cd ~/.local/share/keyrings/
$ cp login.keyring login.keyring.backup
$ rm ~/.local/share/keyrings/login.keyring

2) From Gnome Keyring, create a new keyring file named “login”.

3) Replace the new keyring you have created in Gnome Keyring with the backup keyring you have made:

$ cd ~/.local/share/keyrings/
$ mv login.keyring.backup login.keyring

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