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bug#22711: 25.0.91; prompt for gpg password is displayed in a dialog box
bug#22711: 25.0.91; prompt for gpg password is displayed in a dialog box rather than in the minibuffer
Wed, 17 Feb 2016 14:09:52 -0400
Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.0.91 (gnu/linux)
At 17:56 -0500 on Tuesday 2016-02-16, Glenn Morris wrote:
> See http://debbugs.gnu.org/20982
I now vaguely remember reading that at the time, but lacked the
background to follow the discussion. Now I have a bit more context, but
it's still a bit opaque.
I tried following the instructions in
I have pinentry version "pinentry-gtk2 (pinentry) 0.9.6" and gpg2 version
"gpg (GnuPG) 2.1.9".
I put the line
in ~/.gnupg/gpg-agent.conf (which file did not previously exist).
0. emacs -Q &
1. M-x pinentry-start
3. C-x C-f myfile.gpg
But I still got the same graphical dialog box for the password prompt.
In NEWS it says:
** pinentry.el allows GnuPG passphrase to be prompted through the
minibuffer instead of a graphical dialog, depending on whether the gpg
command is called from Emacs (i.e., INSIDE_EMACS environment variable
is set). This feature requires newer versions of GnuPG (2.1.5 or
later) and Pinentry (0.9.5 or later).
This seems to be what I want, but if I am reading it correctly, it does
It seems to say that if the INSIDE_EMACS environment variable is set,
the gpg password prompt will be displayed in the minibuffer.
I even tried starting Emacs with
export INSIDE_EMACS=t; emacs &
so INSIDE_EMACS is unequivocally defined, but it doesn't help. Even if I do
before opening a .gpg file, I'm still being prompted with a graphical
There does not seem to be any user documentation for pinentry.el. (There
is no entry in the Emacs manual for "pinentry" and while there is a
pinentry info manual, it is for the 'real' (command line) pinentry, not