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When I start up my MacBookPro/osx/snow leopard , I get this error with yahoo messenger..

What is this keychain thing? Is this some Mac thing?

Any links to explain this concept and how to resolve it?


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Can you clarify what is the error message, and what triggers it? A screenshot would be helpful. Is Yahoo Messenger a program that you have set to launch when you start up your computer? – Daniel Oct 9 '11 at 4:55
Have you looked at… – xyz Nov 27 '11 at 17:04
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Keychain is where Mac OS X saves stored passwords and other secure information. Without more information, I cannot debug your problem further, but it sounds as if Yahoo! Messenger expects to find a saved password for your account with them in your keychain, and is not finding it. The program Keychain Access, found in /Applications/Utilities, can help you view (and edit) keychain entries.

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and once you have "Keychain Access" open, click "Keychain Access" in your menu bar at the top and select "Keychain First Aid". Run the repair and then run verify. – Brad Parks Jun 6 '12 at 21:11
@BradParks Make this an answer so I can up vote it. ;) – Stunner Sep 1 '14 at 6:32
Thanks @BradParks. Note to future readers, Brad's answer has been added below. – WEFX Nov 26 '14 at 17:48

To fix this:

  • Run Keychain Access (found in /Applications/Utilities)
  • click "Keychain Access" in the menu bar at the top and select "Keychain First Aid".
  • Run the repair and then run verify.

That should fix it!

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