Can't sign with gpg2 using pinentry-curses

Ken Brown
Thu Jul 6 21:23:00 GMT 2017

On 7/6/2017 4:27 PM, Ken Brown wrote:
> When I try to sign a file using gpg2 in a mintty or xterm terminal 
> (e.g., 'gpg2 -bs foo'), a dialogue box is drawn in the terminal, but I 
> can't figure out how to enter my passphrase.  Anything I type is just 
> echoed at the bottom of the screen, regardless of what I do with the 
> mouse.  If I type Ctrl-C, the bash prompt returns but the 
> pinentry-curses process keeps running for a while.
> If I install pinentry-gnome3, then 'gpg2 -bs' works fine when run from 
> an xterm window; a dialogue box pops up and I can enter the passphrase.

For a solution outside of X11, it looks like pinentry-w32 will do the 
job.  But simply installing that package isn't enough, because the 
script /usr/bin/pinentry never calls pinentry-w32.exe.

As a workaround, I moved /usr/bin/pinentry out of the way and created a 

   /usr/bin/pinentry -> pinentry-w32.exe

With this, gpg2 -bs works, although I still get the annoying message

   gpg: selecting openpgp failed: No such device


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