Category Archives: Software Development

The story of SSH and OSX keychains

This is mainly here so that when this happens to me again, I know what to do about it.


Having spent a while not being able to sign software packages I discovered that when you SSH into OSX, your keychain remains locked.  So you have to issue the following command to unlock the user keychain:

security unlock-keychain

You’ll be prompted for your password, after which your keychain will be unlocked and accessible to your scripts as expected.