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    May 17, 2011
    Exclamation Does reinstalling the Mac OS X Leopard will restore the original Keychain????

    Got this problem, I just have noticed that my keychain is gone. I think one of kids accidentally deleted it and plenty of files was deleted also including the Lib/keychains and no more in the trash to and I don't have a backup yet.

    Since I cannot restore the keychain. and so far its the important file that I have. I'm thinking of reinstalling it. Does reinstalling the Mac restoring the keychain?


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    The Keychain application? Sure it would be reinstalled if you just reinstall the OS.
    It will not however restore your keychain database that had your logins stored in it, if it was deleted.

    Just don't do a erase and reinstall, or everything will be gone.
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    May 17, 2011
    Thanks Mcyukon, I almost reinstall everything. Is there's a way to restore my original keychain?

    Sadly, I was not able to back up yet any of my files.

    I think it will be useful when I develop an iOS application one day. Do you think I can develop without those original keychain?


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    The original keychain wouldn't have much in it. If you added things, and don't have a backup, they are gone, if the file isn't in the trash.

    If you added development keys, some of those are downloadable from Apple. Not your master cert file. If you don't know what I'm talking about, then ignore what I'm saying for this case, but back up immediately when you sign up for such a developer account.

    Create separate accounts for the kids and do not make them administrators. That should limit the damage they can do.

    I think as you go through apps that need the keychain, you'll be prompted for new information that will be saved into the keychain. What I'd be concerned with is if the default keychain with the original installation and signup had something non-reproducable. Somehow I'm thinking not. For instance, the password file for the user accounts are kept somewhere else.
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    If you want just the KeyChain App back and installing just this might bring some hidden files back ?? dont quote me, but download Pacifist and extract just the KeyChain App and install it.
    Wont hurt more than doing a complete re-install

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    Thread moved to correct forum. Does not belong in iOS development.

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