Linux: the Nextcloud client, qtkeychain and the “The name org.freedesktop.secrets was not provided by any .service files” error

setevoy profile image Arseny Zinchenko Originally published at rtfm.co.ua on ・7 min read

After installing Nextcloud (see the Nextcloud: running in Docker Compose on Debian with Let’s Encrypt SSL post), on the next day its client ton my Arch Linux asked for authentication.

But after I entered my credentials, it returned me the following error:

_ Reading from keychain failed with error: ‘The name org.freedesktop.secrets was not provided by any .service files’ _

One of the first search results in Google was this>>> discussion where the first comment says:

Could be an upstream issue of the qtkeychain dependency frankosterfeld/qtkeychain#99, but I don’t have any KDE setup to test/debug this. Any help here is welcome.

Okay – we have a starting point now, let’s try to go deeper to investigate why this error happens.

What is the qtkeychain at all?

From its README on the Github:

QtKeychain is a Qt API to store passwords and other secret data securely.

I.e. this package intended to provide an API interface for Qt-based applications to be used to retrieve confidential information from an operating system.

But QtKeychain itself doesn’t store those credentials, instead – it translates those requests to some backend-storage, and this is described in the following lines in the same README::

  • Mac OS X: Passwords are stored in the OS X Keychain.
  • Linux/Unix: If running, GNOME Keyring is used, otherwise qtkeychain tries to use KWallet (via D-Bus), if available.

I.e. on a Linux qtkeychain will try to call GNOME Keyring or KWallet via D-Bus.

Now, using this tip – the D-Bus – let’s grab the qtkeychain source code to see how this is happening at all.

Download its repository and use the grep util with the dbus string:

[setevoy@setevoy-arch-work /tmp/qtkeychain] [master*] $ grep -r dbus .
./qt5keychain.pri:    QT += dbus
./org.kde.KWallet.xml:<!DOCTYPE node PUBLIC "-//freedesktop//DTD D-BUS Object Introspection 1.0//EN" "http://www.freedesktop.org/standards/dbus/1.0/introspect.dtd">
./keychain_unix.cpp:    /* The secret service dbus api, accessible through libsecret, is supposed

keychain_unix.cpp – well, self-explanatory file name, looks like what we are looking for.

Open it and look for the dbus word again – will see the detectKeyringBackend() – again self-explanatory name:

static KeyringBackend detectKeyringBackend()
    /* The secret service dbus api, accessible through libsecret, is supposed
     * to unify password services.
     * Unfortunately at the time of Kubuntu 18.04 the secret service backend
     * in KDE is gnome-keyring-daemon - using it has several complications:
     * - the default collection isn't opened on session start, so users need
     *   to manually unlock it when the first application uses it
     * - it's separate from the kwallet5 keyring, so switching to it means the
     *   existing keyring data can't be accessed anymore
     * Thus we still prefer kwallet backends on KDE even if libsecret is
     * available.
    switch (detectDesktopEnvironment()) {
    case DesktopEnv_Kde4:
        return Backend_Kwallet4;
    case DesktopEnv_Plasma5:
        if (isKwallet5Available()) {
            return Backend_Kwallet5;
        if (LibSecretKeyring::isAvailable()) {
            return Backend_LibSecretKeyring;
        if (GnomeKeyring::isAvailable()) {
            return Backend_GnomeKeyring;
        // During startup the keychain backend might just not have started yet
        return Backend_Kwallet5;
    case DesktopEnv_Gnome:
    case DesktopEnv_Unity:
    case DesktopEnv_Xfce:
    case DesktopEnv_Other:
        if (LibSecretKeyring::isAvailable()) {
            return Backend_LibSecretKeyring;
        if (GnomeKeyring::isAvailable()) {
            return Backend_GnomeKeyring;
        if (isKwallet5Available()) {
            return Backend_Kwallet5;

There is also an interesting comment about kwallet vs gnome-keyring in the beginning, but for now, skip it.

So, then a backend initialization will be performed:

static KeyringBackend getKeyringBackend()
    static KeyringBackend backend = detectKeyringBackend();
    return backend;

And then – an attempt to get some password:

void ReadPasswordJobPrivate::scheduledStart() {
    switch ( getKeyringBackend() ) {
    case Backend_LibSecretKeyring: {
        if ( !LibSecretKeyring::findPassword(key, q->service(), this) ) {
            q->emitFinishedWithError( OtherError, tr("Unknown error") );
    } break;
    case Backend_GnomeKeyring:
        this->mode = JobPrivate::Text;
        if ( !GnomeKeyring::find_network_password( key.toUtf8().constData(),
                                                   reinterpret_cast<GnomeKeyring::OperationGetStringCallback>( &JobPrivate::gnomeKeyring_readCb ),
                                                   this, 0 ) )
            q->emitFinishedWithError( OtherError, tr("Unknown error") );
    case Backend_Kwallet4:
        kwalletReadPasswordScheduledStartImpl("org.kde.kwalletd", "/modules/kwalletd", this);
    case Backend_Kwallet5:
        kwalletReadPasswordScheduledStartImpl("org.kde.kwalletd5", "/modules/kwalletd5", this);

In our case, the next condition will be applied will be used:

  case Backend_LibSecretKeyring: { 
    if ( !LibSecretKeyring::findPassword(key, q->service(), this) ) {

We can go deeper in the code, but now we got the main – the qtkeychain will issue a call to the libsecret.

We can deeper into the libsecret‘s code, but not this time. Let’s just find where libsecret will perform a call to the D-Bus using D-Bus API.

In the libsecret‘s repository grep by the dbus will rerun a lot of files – filet the search results with the -v:

[setevoy@setevoy-arch-work /tmp/libsecret] [master*] $ grep -r "/org/freedesktop/secrets" . | grep -v "test\|.py"
./tool/secret-tool.c:#define SECRET_ALIAS_PREFIX "/org/freedesktop/secrets/aliases/"
./libsecret/secret-util.c:              return g_strdup_printf ("/org/freedesktop/secrets/aliases/%s", collection);
./libsecret/secret-private.h:#define              SECRET_ALIAS_PREFIX                      "/org/freedesktop/secrets/aliases/"
./libsecret/secret-private.h:#define              SECRET_SERVICE_PATH                      "/org/freedesktop/secrets"

./tool/secret-tool.c:#define SECRET_ALIAS_PREFIX "/org/freedesktop/secrets/aliases/"“Alright, These Guys”!” (с)

So, what is going on here?

    case DesktopEnv_Other:
        if (LibSecretKeyring::isAvailable()) {
            return Backend_LibSecretKeyring;
  • qtkeychain will issue a call to the libsecret, which in its turn will try to call the D-Bus’s org.freedesktop.secrets, can not find it and returns the SECRET_ERROR_NO_SUCH_OBJECT error

But why it can not be found?

Check the D-Bus service files in the /usr/share/dbus-1/services/ directory:

$ ls -l /usr/share/dbus-1/services/
total 196
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 107 Sep 10 21:53 org.a11y.Bus.service
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  95 Oct 31 12:09 org.bluez.obex.service
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 116 Oct  9 12:26 org.freedesktop.ColorHelper.service
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 104 Oct 27 16:08 org.freedesktop.Telepathy.AccountManager.service
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 194 Nov  5 12:19 org.freedesktop.Telepathy.Client.KTp.Approver.service
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  91 Nov  5 12:21 org.freedesktop.Telepathy.Client.KTp.CallUi.service
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 106 Nov  5 12:20 org.freedesktop.Telepathy.Client.KTp.ConfAuthObserver.service
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 117 Nov  5 12:26 org.freedesktop.Telepathy.Client.KTp.FileTransferHandler.service
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 217 Nov  5 12:27 org.freedesktop.Telepathy.Client.KTp.KdedIntegrationModule.service
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  88 Nov 12 10:26 org.freedesktop.Telepathy.Client.KTp.Proxy.service
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 101 Nov  5 12:20 org.freedesktop.Telepathy.Client.KTp.SASLHandler.service
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  91 Nov  5 12:29 org.freedesktop.Telepathy.Client.KTp.TextUi.service
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 100 Nov  5 12:20 org.freedesktop.Telepathy.Client.KTp.TLSHandler.service
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 102 Nov 10  2018 org.freedesktop.Telepathy.Client.Logger.service
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  84 Sep 12  2018 org.freedesktop.Telepathy.Client.Vinagre.service
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  95 Nov 10  2018 org.freedesktop.Telepathy.Logger.service
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 188 Oct 27 16:08 org.freedesktop.Telepathy.MissionControl5.service
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  60 Oct 27  2018 org.gnome.GConf.service

And recall the error text – – The name org.freedesktop.secrets was not provided by any .service files’: we can not see the org.freedesktop.secrets.service file in the directory above.

The solution

First, check if the qtkeychain installed:

[setevoy@setevoy-arch-work ~]  $ pacman -Qi | grep qtkeychain
Optional For    : chromium  qtkeychain
Optional For    : git  qtkeychain
Depends On      : qtkeychain  qt5-webkit  hicolor-icon-theme  xdg-utils
Required By     : appstream-qt...
Name            : qtkeychain
URL             : https://github.com/frankosterfeld/qtkeychain

Yes. Actually, it is set as the dependency for the nextcloud-client, thus pacman installed it together with the client.

Now, what we need is just to install some package which will provide us the org.freedesktop.secrets service.

Install the gnome-keyring:

[setevoy@setevoy-arch-work /tmp/qtkeychain] [master*] $ sudo pacman -S gnome-keyring

Check D-Bus services again:

[setevoy@setevoy-arch-work /tmp/qtkeychain] [master*] $ ls -l /usr/share/dbus-1/services/ | grep secret
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 122 Oct 29 11:38 org.freedesktop.secrets.service

And check the service’s file content:

[setevoy@setevoy-arch-work /tmp/qtkeychain] [master*] $ cat /usr/share/dbus-1/services/org.freedesktop.secrets.service
[D-BUS Service]
Exec=/usr/bin/gnome-keyring-daemon --start --foreground --components=secrets

Repeat log in to the Nextcloud.


P.S. There is a good story about Chrome/Chromium and how they are working with backend storages, I’ll add another post about it.

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