kwallet and QCA

Thiago Macieira thiago at
Wed Jun 4 22:55:44 BST 2008

nf2 wrote:
>> along with he implied shared location and locking mechanism, you're
>> quite right: that would be sufficient indeed.
>The word "sufficient" somehow suggests that this would be the easier and
>more realistic approach. I'm afraid it's not. It makes the whole system
>more complex, takes ages to formulate and implement (twice) and after
>all has no advantages compared to just adopting and improving *one*
>existing implementation.

I don't think either approach would be sufficient.

If the goal is to type the password once, you need a central daemon that 
keeps the wallet/keyright/whatchacallit open. It doesn't matter if KDE 
knows how to read the GNOME keyright file format or vice-versa, if the 
password to decrypt it can't be obtained from somewhere.

Or am I missing something?

I guess you could store the password centrally and then leave it to each 
individual program to open the file, lock it for reading, decrypt and 
then unlock, but that looks like a suboptimal approach.

I would prefer a standardised interface via D-Bus and a non-standardised 
file format.

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