In Mac OS X Mavericks, I'm not able to export a private key from keychain. I'm getting the following error message:
/* In dark wake, no UI possible */

Searching it in Apple documentation fetched the following details:

value: -25320

Description: The user interface could not be displayed because the system is in a dark wake state. Available in OS X v10.7 and later.

Can someone please suggest a solution or the cause of problem?

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    How are you doing the export? The error code would suggest that you’re doing it through, e.g. an ssh login or some other non-interactive method. – microtherion Oct 30 '13 at 13:06
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    doing from keychain, by right clicking on the key and selecting export. – na19 Oct 30 '13 at 13:14
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    Hmm, it appears your system was mistaken about being asleep, then. Does a reboot fix the issue? – microtherion Oct 30 '13 at 13:21
  • yes. reboot fixed the issue. I am now able to export the key. Dont know why it happened in the first place. – na19 Oct 31 '13 at 6:20
  • @microtherion Please answer this question so that it can be marked as answered. – Danijel-James W Dec 20 '13 at 3:30

It appears that your system was mistaken about being asleep (because an internal flag it used to keep track of sleep state got out of sync with the true state). As you confirmed later, a reboot fixes this problem.

  • Sleep-then-wake-up also fix this problem. – Rockallite Sep 27 '18 at 10:04

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