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Mavericks created a new keychain "Local Items" for me that can't be deleted. What's the idea here and why is there a second keychain in addition to my login keychain?

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If you mean the keychain that is called Local Items in the U.S. English locale, I think it is used for keychain items that are eligible to be synced with iCloud Keychain.

From http://arstechnica.com/apple/2013/10/os-x-10-9/5/:

If the iCloud Keychain is subsequently disabled, the iCloud keychain highlighted in the screenshot above is replaced with a "Local Items" keychain that has the same contents as the iCloud keychain. Any items added to the Local Items keychain will be pushed out to other devices when iCloud Keychain is re-enabled.

I have never enabled iCloud Keychain, but I also have a Local Items keychain. It contains about half of the keychain items from my login keychain, or mostly web form passwords. The Local Items keychain does not seem to correspond to any file and it cannot be deleted.

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Thanks for pointing out the correct name. I mistranslated the German localizaton "Lokale Objekte". Indeed I've once enabled iCloud keychain and have subsequently disabled it due to severe security concerns. However, I hate the fact that I can neither delete it nor change its settings nor force Mail and other system services to fetch the passwords from my Login keychain and not the "Local Items" keychain. Sounds like a bug imo. –  Ortwin Gentz Oct 27 '13 at 9:39
I logged a bug: Keychain "Local Items" can't be deleted or configured (openradar.appspot.com/15330380 ) –  Ortwin Gentz Nov 6 '13 at 12:05

Although the "Local Items" keychain cannot deleted, you can delete individual items stored in it.

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Hi and welcome to Ask Different! This doesn't directly answer the question being asked which is: Why does this second keychain exist to begin with? –  Ian C. May 4 '14 at 17:44

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