Problem with Gemalto USB Shell Token V2

Mukund Sivaraman muks at
Mon Oct 11 14:47:39 CEST 2010

Hi Tiago

I just purchased OpenPGP cards and Gemalto USB Shell Token V2 readers
(see <>).  They work perfectly for me.

I'll explain what I use to access them. Maybe you can adapt it to your
own use.

1) Start the pcscd service on your distro. This is a daemon that is
distributed in the PCSC-Lite package.  On Fedora, as root you can run:

service pcscd start && chkconfig pcscd on

2) Add the "disable-ccid" option to gpg.conf. This will make GnuPG use
PCSC-Lite to access the card, instead of the built-in CCID driver.

This in itself should be enough to get the card working properly. You
can do gpg --card-status to see the card, gpg --card-edit to edit the

I have all this working on my stock Fedora 13 install with the
following versions of packages:


To configure other things such as SSH authentication keys, etc., you
will have to configure gpg-agent to start during desktop session
startup, make environment variables available to the shell (man
gpg-agent), and also perhaps disable some things if you are using

Good luck.

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