Can't sign with gpg2 using pinentry-curses

Ken Brown
Thu Jul 6 21:31:00 GMT 2017

On 7/6/2017 5:23 PM, Ken Brown wrote:
> 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 
> symlink
>    /usr/bin/pinentry -> pinentry-w32.exe

A better workaround is

--- pinentry~   2017-07-06 17:05:23.000000000 -0400
+++ pinentry    2017-07-06 17:27:52.200826600 -0400
@@ -82,6 +82,9 @@
  elif [ -n "$DISPLAY" -a -x /usr/bin/pinentry-qt ]
         export PINENTRY_BINARY="/usr/bin/pinentry-qt"
+elif [ -x /usr/bin/pinentry-w32 ]
+       export PINENTRY_BINARY="/usr/bin/pinentry-w32"
  # pinentry-curses is installed by default
         export PINENTRY_BINARY="/usr/bin/pinentry-curses"


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