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15.7. Password Management of GVFS Mounts

A typical GVFS mount asks for credentials on its activation unless the resource allows anonymous authentication or does not require any at all. Presented in a standard GTK+ dialog, the user is able to choose whether the password should be saved or not.

Procedure 15.5. Example: Authenticated Mount Process

  1. Open Files and activate the address bar by pressing Ctrl+L.
  2. Enter a well-formed URI string of a service that needs authentication (for example, sftp://localhost/).
  3. The credentials dialog is displayed, asking for a user name, password and password store options.
  4. Fill in the credentials and confirm.
In case the persistent storage is selected, the password is saved in the user keyring. GNOME Keyring is a central place for secrets storage. It is encrypted and automatically unlocked on desktop session start using the password provided on login by default. If it is protected by a different password, the password is set at the first use.
To manage the stored password and GNOME Keyring itself, the Seahorse application is provided. It allows individual records to be removed or passwords changed. For more information on Seahorse, consult the help manual for Seahorse embedded directly in the desktop.