In How do I prevent "Local Items" Keychain from locking?

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I think it should be reopened/undeleted provided that the author...

  1. cite the sources he used (and referenced) so it can be determined which versions of macOS/OS X it supposedly worked with

  2. instead of deleting the file/folder, a command to back it up (i.e. mv foobar foobar.bak)

I personally tested (on a VM) this and while it didn't crash my system I did lose login data (wasn't important...just reverted to a previous snapshot). As it stands, I would down vote the answer and leave a comment to back up the folder prior to attempting.

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    Thank you very much for testing and considering this. I've undeleted the post and added a brief - please backup before you mess with keychains warning and also trimmed the meta. We may need to augment it with links and fixing steps....
    – bmike Mod
    Commented Jun 4, 2018 at 3:06
  • @bmike I think you misunderstand the issue with the "answer": It results in a complete loss of all relevant data. That's like saying the way to remove a slightly musty smell from some documents is to burn them. Nothing can be gained from preserving it.
    – orome
    Commented Aug 20, 2018 at 23:09
  • @orome - We delete when posts don't fit the qualification of being an answer. Their relevance, quality and usefulness are subjective and should be voted on as such. The bottom line is, it's an answer.
    – Allan
    Commented Aug 21, 2018 at 0:06

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