GPG seems broken on FC13 after upgrade.

David Shaw dshaw at
Wed Jul 21 16:33:16 CEST 2010

On Jun 1, 2010, at 6:49 PM, Perry, James J. wrote:

> I just updated to FC 13 and not gpg fails to work for any user.  I get the following messages when I try to decrypt a file and have the DISPLAY set even though I am not using X.
> gpg --pgp6 EDI997.20100601091546.pgp
> You need a passphrase to unlock the secret key for
> user: “xyz”
> 2048-bit ELG key, ID …
> can't connect to `/root/.gnupg/S.gpg-agent': No such file or directory
> gpg-agent[24444]: command get_passphrase failed: Operation cancelled
> gpg: cancelled by user
> gpg: encrypted with 2048-bit ELG key, ID …
> gpg: public key decryption failed: General error
> gpg: decryption failed: No secret key


> This was not how it worked when I used it prior to upgrading to FC13.  I do not want all the pretty stuff and I need it to prompt for a password on the command line like it did prior to the used of pinentry-qt or pinentry-curses.  What do I need to fix?  I spent 4 hours digging around to just find that if I had a DISPLAY variable set but no X-Server running on my MS Win box, it would not even work.  Users of GPG here on Linux will not understand that issue so I will need to keep it running as it did before, but no manuals I found seemed to indicate how to correct it.

Fedora 13 made a (in my opinion) bad change in how they handle GnuPG.  Previously, there were two packages: 'gnupg' and 'gnupg2'.  This makes sense since the two branches of GnuPG are intentionally non-conflicting, and while there is significant overlap, do serve somewhat different purposes.

Fedora 13 removed 'gnupg' (i.e. gnupg 1.4.x) and caused the 'gnupg2' (i.e. gnupg 2.x) package to replace it.  This breaks all sorts of scripts and things that were written to use 1.4.x.

A few people are trying to get this fixed in Fedora.


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