Error Generating ElGamal Key

Remi Guyomarch rguyom at
Tue Feb 23 23:35:15 CET 1999

On Tue, Feb 23, 1999 at 02:10:31AM -0600, Matthew M. Copeland wrote:
> I get the following error when attempting to generate a 2048 El Gamal Key
> running under Red Hat Linux 5.1 (kernel 2.0.35).  I get the same problem
> when I attempt to genereate a key of size 1024.  I am running gnupg0.9.3
> with just the standard compile options.  Any Ideas?
> We need to generate a lot of random bytes. It is a good idea to perform
> some other action (work in another window, move the mouse, utilize the
> network and the disks) during the prime generation; this gives the random
> number generator a better chance to gain enough entropy.
> .........+++++................+++++.........................+++++...+++++
> gpg: waiting for lock (hold by 21285 - probably dead) ...
> gpg: waiting for lock (hold by 21285 - probably dead) ...

Try playing with "lock-once" in ~/.gnupg/options.
Mine is commented-out and I don't have this problem.

Rémi        <rguyom at> | Don't waste your computer's time :
    PGP-encrypt anything important: | - KeyID:0x85BD8B1B |
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