What Does This CentOS Network Manager Error Message Mean

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Here is the error message:
http://i41.tinypic.com/2zz71bp.png

Wireless Network Authentication Required Unlock Keyring: The application ‘NetworkManager Applet’
(/usr/bin/nm-applet) wants access to the default keyring, but it is locked.

The funny thing is,
(a) I’ve never seen this message before (in a year of using CentOS)
(b) I am the system administrator but it won’t take the root password
(c) I don’t even know ‘what’ a default keyring is in the first place
(d) This only happened after I changed the SSID of my home network

When I tried to connect to my home network with the new SSID, this message came up. Funny thing is that I never got past it, since it seems to want a password that isn’t my user password nor my root password.

I still connected to the network though. So, it’s odd all around. In fact, it makes no sense to me.

Q1: What password is it looking for anyway? (it’s not root or the user)
Q2: Why did it let me connect to the home network Note: If you get this, I am on the network even without typing whatever password that application seems to want.

2 thoughts on - What Does This CentOS Network Manager Error Message Mean

  • You need to set the gnome keyring password to be the same as your username’s login password.

    You can either (a) install seahorse and change the password, or (b)
    delete ~/.gnome2/keyrings/login.keyring and re-create it.

    Option (a) is probably the best one.

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