How I fixed Accountd and SecD chewing CPU

Discussion in 'Apple Desktop Hardware/Software' started by tobes, Jan 3, 2020.

  1. tobes

    tobes Member

    Dec 23, 2001
    Posting as an FYI incase others have this issue.

    Yesterday I upgraded the wife's computer to Catalina. Then had a heap of issues getting Photos to sync so she could get the photos of our recent holiday. Poked and prodded it for a day (e.g. created new photos library, logged in and out of iCloud etc) and couldn't get it to Sync at all. All throughout I noticed that accountd and secd processes where consuming heaps of CPU and throwing a bunch of console errors.

    I tried resetting permissions and a bunch of other things before eventually resetting the default keychain. (Keychain Access -> Preferences -> Reset my Default Keychains).

    This instantly fixed the problem CPU usage went back to normal and Sync'd a full 35000 item Photos Library in a couple of hours from iCloud.

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