GPG status msgs for Passphrase

Bernhard Reiter bernhard at
Wed May 4 09:39:06 CEST 2011

Am Montag, 2. Mai 2011 14:50:13 schrieb Sebastian:
> Im trying to decrypt using --batch --status-fd=1 and reading from the
> output, waiting for the NEED_PASSPHRASE msg. The problem is that this msg
> never appears until the pipe is closed or the passphrase is provided. In
> fact not even a single msgs is displayed until the passphrase is good or
> fails.
> It looks like the output hangs until the passphrase is provided, and so the
> output is flushed. This is really unconvenient since the goal of this
> status msgs is to be able to interact with GPG by reading its output msgs.
> any ideas on this? someone else having the same issue? im running GPG's
> portable version 1.4 on windows.

An alternative is to use gpgme and a more modern GnuPG in Windows,
e.g. the version provided by Gpg4win 2.1.0. Gpgme is designed to take care of 
the process handling of running gpg even on Windows.

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