GnuPG skips the passphrase when creating a keypair
shavital at mac.com
Wed Oct 20 21:01:05 CEST 2010
Raditya Arthapraja wrote the following on 10/20/10 9:57 AM:
> I'm using MacGPG2 version 2.0.14RC2 with MacOS X 10.6.4 - Snow Leopard as the OS.
> When trying to generate a keypair, MacGPG skips the step to input the paraphrase and continues to create the key.
> me$ gpg --gen-key
> Please select what kind of key you want?
> Please specify how long the key should be valid.
> *entered name, comment & email
> Change (N)ame, (C)omment, (E)mail or (O)kay/(Q)uit? o
> You need a Passphrase to protect your secret key.
> You don't want a passphrase - this is probably a *bad* idea!
Did you actually skip that option?
> Enter the new passphrase for this secret key.
Here, if everything is working correctly, you should have the pinentry
window show on screen, requesting you to enter the passphrase (with a
small square that, if unmarked, will enable you to actually see what you
Once this down, a similar pinentry window where you are requested to
type the passphrase again, for confirmation.
> gpg: problem with the agent: Not supported
Did you check whether gpg-agent is running and available?
you should get:
gpg-agent: gpg-agent running and available
Also in Terminal:
$ which gpg-agent
you should get:
If you don't get that Terminal output, could you please copy-paste what
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> I don't now if anybody else is experiencing this problem or not, if so has this been resolved?
I just tried to generate a key, in Terminal. I didn't skip the
passphrase option, entered a passphrase, etc...key was generated.
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