I just updated my Password Safe to version 3.21 from some version that was at
least a year or two old. I'm running it on a WinXP SP3 machine with all the
latest patches installed. I only have one password database and the help file
says that the Safe Combination Entry screen will show the last database that I
used, by default. I've been using Password Safe since before it was a
SourceForge project and it has always worked that way. Now, however, with
V3.21 I have to select my database from the dropdown box every time I start
Password Safe. I can't find any options to change this behavior. I searched
through the bug reports but couldn't find anything. Am I missing something? Is
this a new "feature"?
A quick workaround would be to pass the name of the database as an argument to
PasswordSafe, for example, by editing the shortcut properties of the
shortcut/Start menu entry you use to start PasswordSafe.
Will investigate this later.
Thanks for that idea. I hadn't thought of that and it does work.
By the way, what's the proper way to report a bug in Password Safe (or any
SourceForge project)? Do I just create a topic in the forums as I did in this
case, or is there something more formal that I, as a non-SourceForge-
developer, should do? There appears to be one other very small but anoying bug
in 3.21 that I'd like to mention in the proper place.
Each project can choose its own mechanism for providing support. For
PasswordSafe, you can file a bug report, support or feature request in:
Before filing, it's usually a good idea to make a quick check to see that the
problem hasn't been reported already.
steve nunubiznez e-mailed me to ask how to edit a shortcut so that PWS could
open a database when it's started. I replied to you but the e-mail you put on
your account must be wrong as my reply bounced. On the off chance that you're
not some kind of scammer, I'll post my reply here and hope you see it.
It's pretty easy. Go to the shortcut that you want to edit. If you have more
than one shortcut that you use (I have one on my shortcut bar, one on the
startup menu, and one on my favorites bar in Internet
Explorer) you have to edit each one. If you edit one shortcut and then copy it
someplace, the new copy will contain the edit.
Right click on the shortcut.
Select Properties at the bottom.
Click on the Shortcut tab if you're not already on that tab.
The Target path probably reads:
"C:\Program Files\Password Safe\pwsafe.exe"
(with the quotation marks)
Add a space after what's already there, and then the path to your database,
also in quotation marks.
For example, mine looks like this: "C:\Program Files\Password Safe\pwsafe.exe"
"C:\Documents and Settings\M51\My Documents\Documentation\Password Safe
Click OK at the bottom of the form and you're set to go.
I'm seeing the same issue after upgrading to 3.21. I tried going back to 3.17,
but the same behavior persists,
I didn't see the reply/workaround before. The workaround works. Thanks. My
shortcut had a -s parameter before. I removed that. Not sure what it was for.
From the Help file on Command Line Arguments:
This will start the application "silently", that is, minimized and with no
database (unless one is specified). When the application is unminimized, the
user is presented with the opening dialog box (This option is meant for
starting the application upon login, via a shortcut in the user's Startup
folder). Note: This implicitly puts the application in the system tray.
So, if there is a Bug, it is when opening PasswordSafe after starting it
initially with the 'silent' argument with no database specified.
From another thread:
Try exiting PasswordSafe via the menu File->Exit after opening your database.
This will cause passwordsafe to record the last database opened, and it should
then 'remember' it next time you start your machine.
That is great to know, and it works, but it's not very "discoverable". I was
also annoyed that the new Password Safe would not remember the last database
used. I only have one database.
The workaround works, but I typically close programs in Windows using the "X"
on the title bar.
Here's a vote that someone can fix this bug at some point. Or at least fix the
Help file (which INCORRECTLY says that PasswordSafe will show the last
database used). It will not open the last database used if you use the X to
close the program.
I have Win7 with version 3.24.01 and my experience as a new user is that after
creating a new database, and when double clicking the password safe icon in
the system tray, I am never directed to the screen allowing entry of the
master password. I have not been able to discover a method to retain the
default database so that it doesn't need to be selected each time.
I also noticed that if I minimize password safe without entering the master
password, the icon in the system tray changes to the picture that indicates
the database is unlocked even when it has not been unlocked.
It would be great to hear if anyone else has encountered this behavior and
might have a fix?
I'm a bit confused by your description. Here's how PasswordSafe works:
You can configure the idle time via Manage->Options->Security->Lock password
database after N minutes idle, and also have it lock everytime you minimize
the app, which is perhaps what you were expecting.