GPG seems broken on FC13 after upgrade.

Perry, James J. jjperry at
Wed Jul 21 16:53:43 CEST 2010

> 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.


Thanks for the links.  If Fedora does not make the needed changes it
would seem that the gnupg2 code would at least need to be altered to
check for a working X display first, and then try curses.  Optimally I
think it would be nice to have a config parameter in the
/etc/gnupg/gpgconfig file to specify the interface type be it X, curses
or command line.  I did not see any settings to control that when I dug
through the configs and man pages months ago.
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