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Re: problem with gnupg2 not prompting for passphrase

On 2017-07-10 23:07, Thomas Wolff wrote:
> Am 11.07.2017 um 00:38 schrieb jeff:
>> On 7/10/2017 1:21 PM, Achim Gratz wrote:
>>> jeff writes:
>>>> jeff_xeon:/cygdrive/u:503: gpg2 --output fred.good --decrypt fred.gpg
>>>> gpg: encrypted with 4096-bit RSA key, ID A3791E7DD935A424, created
>>>> 2013-03-21
>>>>        "Jeff Deifik <>"
>>>> gpg: public key decryption failed: No such device or address
>>>> gpg: decryption failed: No secret key
>>>> I have uninstalled the standalone version of gnupg2 before I did this.
>>>> It seems most likely that the version of gpg2 being invoked is a cygwin
>>>> version.
>>> It fails to find your private key, so it is quite obviously not in a
>>> place where gpg2 expects to find it.
>> I have my keys stored in $HOME/.gnupg which is where gnupg v1 expects them.

gnupg2 uses the same --homedir paths, $GNUPGHOME env var, native Windows reg
key, and native Windows portable apps homedir as gnupg1.

> Just guessing: Some software does not look in $HOME for config files (e.g.
> openssh) but expects them in /home/...

OpenSSH expects user config files in ~/.ssh/ where ~ is $HOME, or the home
directory from "getent passwd $LOGNAME", which defaults to /.

They'd better expect $HOME, not /home/$LOGNAME, as $HOME could also be
/u/$LOGNAME, /mnt/nfs/OrkeyDorkey, or /mnt/Network\ Users/Orkey\ Dorkey! ;^>

Take care. Thanks, Brian Inglis, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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