gpg 1.9.93 -- wrong use of gpg-agent

Patrick Brunschwig patrick at
Thu Oct 19 17:55:58 CEST 2006

Werner Koch wrote:
> On Thu, 19 Oct 2006 09:49, Patrick Brunschwig said:
>> I think there's definitely something wrong with using gpg-agent in gpg2.
>> It seems that I'm unable to provide the passphrase via --command-fd,
>> gpg2 always calls the gpg-agent, even if I explicitly disable this.
> That is intended.  The plan is to move all secret key oeprations to
> gpg-agent and thus gpg2 won't need a passphrase at all.  As of now we
> use the agent only for passphrase caching.  To prepare for the real
> change, gpg-agent is now required and --no-use-agent is a dummy
> option.  The reason why --passphrase-fd still works is for using gpg2
> with symmetric keys taken out of a database or similar.

I see. So if I get you right, then I should disable any kind of
passphrase management if I detect gpg2, just like if a user configured
manually the use of gpg-agent (on all platforms, including Windows).


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