Does this error matter?

Andrew Haley aph at
Thu Feb 20 15:17:14 UTC 2020

On 2/17/20 12:56 PM, Erik Helin wrote:
> On 2/17/20 11:00 AM, Andrew Haley wrote:
>> On 2/17/20 9:08 AM, Erik Helin wrote:
>>>   From the message it seems like the libsecret library can't start the
>>> 'org.freedesktop.secrets' service, you might want to check in
>>> /var/log/syslog to see if there are any additional log messages (see for
>>> example [6]). If you believe you have found a bug in libsecret then you
>>> can file an issue in their GitLab issue tracker [7]. Unfortunately there
>>> is not much Skara can do to help fix this issue, this error occurs at
>>> lower level in your GNU/Linux desktop stack :(
>> Yeah, OK. So there's some problem there.
>> Does Skara need this stuff? Git seems to work without it.
> Yes, Git works fine without this. Skara does not strictly need this,
> but the Skara tooling will ask you for you username and personal
> access token (PAT) every time if you do not store them in a
> credential store using a credential helper.
> We do support supplying your token via an environment variable for
> users who do not wish to (or are unable to) use a token store. See
> the description under the "Manual" section on the Skara wiki [0] for
> an example using gpg.

Yes! It took a while to get it working because (I think) there is a
mistake in the Wiki. It says:

  [credentials ""]
  username = foobar

I think "credentials" is wrong. It keeps asking me for my username. If
I change this to "credential" it seems to work.

This is much better for me than depending on a token store: all it
needs is a working GPG, and I guess everyone has that. It doesn't need
a GUI or anything, it works everywhere.

Andrew Haley  (he/him)
Java Platform Lead Engineer
Red Hat UK Ltd. <>
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