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  How to Set Up Encrypted Mail on Mac OS X
Subject:   Certificate Not Showing Up
Date:   2004-01-23 05:57:36
From:   popezaphod
I created a certificate at work without any problems. However, on my home machine when I go to fetch the certificate and then go to the Certificate Manager, no personal certificate appears. I have tried both Firebird and Mozilla and neither one shows a personal certificate for me to export.


(Granted, I can export it again at the office - I hope - and sneakernet it home, but I should be able to download it)

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  • FJ de Kermadec photo Certificate Not Showing Up
    2004-01-23 06:09:26  FJ de Kermadec | O'Reilly Blogger [View]

    Hi !

    You should indeed be able to export your certificate on your home Mac !

    The first thing to do would be to perform a few maintenance and optimization tasks in order to make sure that no minor disk error or permissions issue could prevent Mac OS X from running normally. In order to do so, follow these steps :

    Boot from the Panther Install CD 1
    Use the Installer menu in order to open the "Disk Utility"
    Click on the "First Aid" tab and repair the hard drive
    Restart your computer
    Use the "Disk Utility" located in your "Utilities" folder to repair the permissions on the Mac OS X partition

    Then, you may want to clean-install Mozilla or reset the contents of your certificates manager. Indeed, it is possible that this component is corrupted and therefore unable to store certificates normally.

    Finally, make sure that nothing could prevent the browsers from processing the information normally turning some features off, for example.

    Let me know if this helps !

    F.J.
    • Certificate Not Showing Up
      2004-01-23 07:40:14  popezaphod [View]

      It's not showing up on my work machine anymore, either. It's like I can't fetch it a second time from anywhere.
      • FJ de Kermadec photo Certificate Not Showing Up
        2004-01-23 07:45:54  FJ de Kermadec | O'Reilly Blogger [View]

        Hi !

        Would you not be able to download the certificate a second time, you may want to simply copy your Keychain or the key pair from your work machine. You will be able to import the file on your home machine.

        Your keychains are stored in :

        [Home] -> Library -> Keychains

        F.J.