Supressing Passphrase messages

David Shaw dshaw at
Tue Mar 2 22:59:57 CET 2010

> nschroth wrote:
>> On AIX, I am using the following command for decrypting:
>>    /usr/local/bin/gpg --passphrase-file ./.gnupg/passphrase.txt -o
>> ${OUTFILE} -d ${INFILE}
>> The decryption works fine, but the end-user always sees the following
>> verbage that messes up the screen:
>>    Reading passphrase from file descriptor 3
>>    You need a passphrase to unlock the secret key for
>>    user: "`XXXX (comment) " 
>>    1024-bit ELG-E key, ID YYYYY, created 2009-10-19 (main key ID ZZZZZ)
>> I also added > /dev/null 2>&1 to send the text to the bitbucket, but it
>> still displays!!!

On Mar 2, 2010, at 4:19 PM, nschroth wrote:

> Off and on over the months since I posted this, I have tried numerous ways to
> supress the messages (without any luck).  I have asked others with stong
> UNIX background, and no one can tell me how/why GPG somehow overrides the
> redirection of both std in and std error into /dev/null.
> I must assume since no one responded to my December post that none of you
> have a clue what is going on.  I am still stumped and really could use some
> suggestions.

You are looking for the "--batch" and "--quiet" options.


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