Temporarily remember passphrase?

Chris Poole lists at chrispoole.com
Tue Jun 21 16:25:58 CEST 2011

Thanks. I have gpg 1.4.11 on a Mac.

I ended up using the `--multifile` option, without starting gpg-agent
directly. It seems to do exactly what I want (presumably doing some
caching in the background for me).

One small issue, which I can't see from the man page: is there a way
to specify the passphrase cache time?

I was decrypting a large number of files (> 12,000), and about half
way through I was asked for my passphrase again. I assume the cache
had expired.

On Fri, May 20, 2011 at 1:27 AM, Grant Olson <kgo at grant-olson.net> wrote:
> On 5/19/2011 7:07 AM, Chris Poole wrote:
>> Hi
>> I often decrypt several files in quick succession (with a simple script).
>> Is it possible to have gpg remember my passphrase, only very
>> temporarily? (Perhaps for 10 seconds or so.)
>> I've looked into gpg-agent, and tried using the --use-agent option
>> with gpg, but I can't find much documentation on the matter, or even
>> whether or not this is the best approach.
> Yes you want to use gpg-agent.  What OS are you on?  You might need to
> install gpg2 if you're on Linux or Mac.
> --
> Grant
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