unblock PIN: Permission denied

Werner Koch wk at gnupg.org
Tue Sep 23 18:50:08 CEST 2008

On Sun, 21 Sep 2008 14:25, schaefer_c at freenet.de said:

> and then choosing "2. unblock PIN", i get the respone "Error unblocking
> the PIN: permission denied".

You are probably using the gpg-agent and scdaemon.  gpg then diverts all
card operation to this daemon instead of doing the card access by

By default admin commands are not allowed, that is you can't generate a
key on the card, or change any data.  To allow admin command you need to


into ~/.gnupg/scdaemon.conf and kill scdaemon ("pkill scdaemon" 3 times
should be sufficient).  Then try again.  [Remember to use the Admin-PIN
when unblocking].



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