Feature Requests item #1654492, was opened at 2007-02-07 13:33
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Category: core
Group: None
Status: Open
Resolution: None
Priority: 5
Private: No
Submitted By: Kevin Verma (kevin_verma)
Assigned to: Nobody/Anonymous (nobody)
Summary: gnome keyring support

Initial Comment:
This is to suggest use of gnome-keyring for account passwrod data. 

This seems very important missing feature. Else user comfort to save passwords 
becomes prone to accidental exposures.

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>Comment By: Richard Laager (rlaager)
Date: 2007-03-15 11:21

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juliovega: Really, don't worry about it. We're well aware of the fact that
Gaim is released for Windows. A ton of the exciting code is
Windows-specific or Unix-specific. It's not a big deal... gnome-keyring
would just be compiled out on Windows.

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Comment By: Frederik (juliovega)
Date: 2007-03-15 08:01

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You may not care about windows, but both the Windows and the Linux
binaries are compiled from the SAME source code... So if the developers
implemented a gnome-keyring support into the source, the windows users
would not be able to use binaries compiled from this source any longer.
Thus, there would have to be different source codes for Windows and Linux,
making gaim OS-dependant. Gaim would have to split up into 2 projects:
gaim-windows and gaim-linux. Maybe you don't know what this would mean for
the developers who want to add new features for both Windows and Linux, but
I guess they don't really want to maintain 2 more and more different source
codes.

The idea with the plugin is quite good, but I guess it there would be a
problem, since the plugin would have to be loaded before gaim accesses the
passwords (or while gaim tries to access them. I don't know much about
writing gaim plugins, but I think they're usually loaded after everything
else.

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Comment By: Kevin Verma (kevin_verma)
Date: 2007-03-14 20:24

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do I care for windows ? do I run linux-gaim binary on windows ?

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Comment By: Richard Laager (rlaager)
Date: 2007-03-14 17:55

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As a note to anyone looking to implement this: Hooks should be added to
allow plugins to store the password data. Then, a gnome-keyring plugin for
Gaim could be created. On systems without gnome-keyring, it could simply
refuse to load or something. This wouldn't be useful to people who need
compatibility with other operating systems, but for GNOME-only users, it
could be useful.

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Comment By: Frederik (juliovega)
Date: 2007-03-14 17:38

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Wouldn't this make gaim OS-dependant?
Since the gnome keyring is a Linux-only feature, what about the Windows
users?

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