scim and pinentry-gtk2

Robby Workman rw at
Wed Mar 19 06:02:08 CET 2008

Sorry for the dupe, Marcus - forgot to send to list the first time.

Marcus Brinkmann wrote:
> At Thu, 21 Feb 2008 15:46:02 -0600,
> Robby Workman <rw at> wrote:
>> To make a long story short, pinentry-gtk2 doesn't receive keyboard
>> input when scim is being used.  This has previously been reported
>> to both Ubuntu and OpenSuSE, and after scim and friends were recently
>> added to Slackware, we're seeing it there.
>> Any idea what's at fault?
> pinentry grabs the keyboard and the screen by default (there is an
> option to switch it off).  Maybe scim doesn't work well with that?

Hi Marcus,

Sorry for the delay - I've unfortunately been short on time lately.

Starting gpg-agent with the --no-grab option has no effect.
This is quite annoying for users who need alternate input methods,
especially scim.  Maybe I'm missing something obvious, but here's
how it appears to me:

1.  Pinentry is a GTK+ app.
2.  GTK+ apps can use GTK+ input methods.
3.  Rather than using an input method, pinentry grabs the raw input.

I understand that there are perhaps security concerns with not
grabbing raw input, but surely there's a way to fix this?
pinentry-qt handles this just fine, btw...


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