Mac OS X Keychain Support

Jakob Schlyter jakob at
Wed Dec 24 03:16:48 EST 2003

On Tue, 23 Dec 2003 farr at wrote:

> Someone asked how the system knows it's running a GUI so it can display
> the "unlock keychain" dialog.  I don't know precisely how Apple does
> this, but if you ask for a password from a locked keychain, the system
> automatically calls the unlock function, which is able to display the
> necessary window widgets.  Since OS X always runs the GUI (except in
> single user mode), I don't imagine that this is very complicated.

osx does not always run the gui, as you can access the system remotely.
something like the mechanism used for X11 & SSH_ASKPASS is likely needed


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