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Rob F. wrote in with an issue a few days ago:
I had been running in OS 9.1 for a couple of days. When I booted back into OSX tonight and started mail, I was asked for my keychain password. I have never opened Keychain but no problem, I thought, and typed my user password. No go. So how do I get around this issue?"
Rob F. later wrote back with the solution ... so if you're locked out of an OS X application due to a keychain you haven't used, read the rest of the article for instructions on how to fix the problem.

Thanks to Rob for submitting the solution, and my apologies for the delays in getting it published!

This solution was provided by 'cricket', a member of Apple's Mail.app team:

"Here's how to fix it. Go to the Finder, click on the Home button. Open your Library folder and look for a folder called 'Keychains' -- move it to your Desktop. Go back to the Library folder and open Preferences. Look for a file called com.apple.security.plist. Also move that to the Desktop.

Now launch Keychain Access (it's in the Utilities folder in the Applications folder). When prompted to create a new Keychain, create a keychain whose name exactly matches your login name. When prompted to set up a password, set a password that matches your login password.

Then you'll be in Keychain Access with an empty window showing the Keychain you just created. Go to the Keychains menu and make sure there is a diamond icon next to the Keychain name you just created (that means it's the default). Finally, go to the Settings option in the Edit menu. Uncheck both checkboxes. Quit Keychain Access.

The next time you launch Mail, you may be prompted by a dialog that asks whether Mail can have access to your keychain. Click Allow Always. You'll also get prompted for any email passwords you have set up. Enter the passwords and click the save checkbox.

Now they will all be stored properly in the Keychain. This is how it's supposed to work automatically (i.e. you're never supposed to have to care about this)."

[Editor: I assume you can then throw away the two files sitting on your desktop, since they will have been re-created]
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Keychain locking out mail.app access
Authored by: hoveral on Jun 12, '05 11:33:27PM

Keychain Lock Out
This site is a life saver. I was about to give up. Apple help was worthless. Couldn't find one clue to open Keychain preferences.
Seems they forgot that people still use Jaguar. I knew that someone had to have the same problem. I upgraded to 10.2.8
Locked Keychain in the process - I hate passwords!

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