GnuPG 2 + OpenPGP card on F17

Guillaume Lanquepin-Chesnais guyome at
Thu May 31 17:30:36 CEST 2012

I've just tested Fedora 17 on a Liveusb with gpg. So first, gpg2 nor gpg
was able to detech my Gemalto USB Shell Token. Then, I install pcsc-lite
and run the pscd daemon. In this case, gpg --card-status --disable-ccid
works but not gpg2.

gpg2 --card-status 
gpg: can't connect to the agent - trying fall back
gpg: OpenPGP card not available: No SmartCard daemon

So it seems that the ccid driver that are included into gpg has a
problem. It will try to send some more log later. I hope that the pcscd
work-around could help


On Wed, 2012-05-30 at 21:50 -0400, Robert J. Hansen wrote:
> After more wrestling with this, I'm still no closer to a solution than I
> was this morning.  I was able to recreate Nguyễn's difficulties with an
> Ubuntu 12.04LTS/64-bit system, though, so we can confirm that one's got
> problems and it's not simple user error on his part.  Or, rather, if it
> is then I'm making the exact same errors, so...
> I don't know what the root cause of the problem is yet.  I don't want
> anyone to misread this as "GnuPG 2 sucks," because that's *not at all
> what I'm saying*.  But it does appear that GnuPG 2 has serious problems
> with smartcards when running under Ubuntu 12.04LTS or Fedora 17.
> Maybe we should get the Fedora, Debian and Ubuntu GnuPG package
> maintainers in on this discussion?  Perhaps they don't have smart cards
> with which to test their packages.  If so, I would be happy to buy them
> smart cards and readers for testing purposes.  This is important
> functionality and right now it just doesn't appear to reliably work.
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