gpg-agent acting funny

Felipe Alvarez felipe.alvarez at
Wed Mar 4 23:01:53 CET 2009

Hi all. I'm new here, so please be gentle =). I've read the information
about getting gpg-agent to work. I don't use X, but I login remotely with
ssh (publickey authentication). My gpg-agent is acting funny. after ssh
login, I get this error
felipe at suse-amd:~> gpg-agent
gpg-agent[32408]: can't connect to `/home/felipe/.gnupg/S.gpg-agent': No
such file or directory
gpg-agent: can't connect to the agent: Invalid value passed to IPC
Here is a copy of my ~/.profile
felipe at suse-amd:~> cat .profile
# Sample .profile for SuSE Linux
# rewritten by Christian Steinruecken <cstein at>
# This file is read each time a login shell is started.
# All other interactive shells will only read .bashrc; this is particularly
# important for language settings, see below.

test -z "$PROFILEREAD" && . /etc/profile || true

# Most applications support several languages for their output.
# To make use of this feature, simply uncomment one of the lines below or
# add your own one (see /usr/share/locale/locale.alias for more codes)
# This overwrites the system default set in /etc/sysconfig/language
# in the variable RC_LANG.
#export LANG=de_DE.UTF-8        # uncomment this line for German output
#export LANG=fr_FR.UTF-8        # uncomment this line for French output
#export LANG=es_ES.UTF-8        # uncomment this line for Spanish output

# Some people don't like fortune. If you uncomment the following lines,
# you will have a fortune each time you log in ;-)

#if [ -x /usr/bin/fortune ] ; then
#    echo
#    /usr/bin/fortune
#    echo
export PATH=$PATH:/usr/sbin:/sbin
if test -f $HOME/.gnupg/.gpg-agent-info && kill -0 $(cut -d: -f 2
$HOME/.gnupg/.gpg-agent-info) 2>/dev/null; then
        GPG_AGENT_INFO=$(cat $HOME/.gnupg/.gpg-agent-info)
        export GPG_AGENT_INFO
        eval $(/usr/bin/gpg-agent --sh --daemon --write-env-file
I am using gpg 2.0.10, and opensuse 11.0. Does anyone know what I am doing
felipe at suse-amd:~> ls -l .gnupg/
total 32
-rw------- 1 felipe users 7818 2009-02-23 05:02 gpg.conf
drwx------ 2 felipe users 4096 2009-02-23 05:03 private-keys-v1.d
-rw------- 1 felipe users 2485 2009-02-23 06:54 pubring.gpg
-rw------- 1 felipe users 2485 2009-02-23 06:44 pubring.gpg~
-rw------- 1 felipe users  600 2009-02-28 21:06 random_seed
-rw------- 1 felipe users 1363 2009-02-23 05:17 secring.gpg
-rw------- 1 felipe users 1360 2009-02-23 06:54 trustdb.gpg
Thanks for reading!

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