How to do pinentry in same screen as gpg

Dan Mahoney, System Admin danm at
Fri Jan 3 14:45:51 CET 2014

On Fri, 3 Jan 2014, Hauke Laging wrote:

> Am Fr 03.01.2014, 01:14:22 schrieb Dan Mahoney, System Admin:
>> It basically works perfectly with gpg1, where I can get an inline
>> prompt for a password, but gpg2 falls short where it tries to set up
>> some kind of a unix-socket connection to a pinentry dialog, and this
>> all falls apart within the simple exec() alpine is doing to launch
>> the filter.  GPG hangs up and I wind up needing to kill the whole
>> window.
> Do you start gpg-agent before gpg2? I would expect the behaviour to be
> the same like gpg if gpg-agent is not running.
>> It might also be nice if I could basically start a pinentry program in
>> a dedicated window,
> You can write a wrapper around pinentry. This wrapper could start
> pinentry in a different console. See:
> I assume this is much more a screen problem. Some time ago I tried to
> create a pipeline between two processes running in different screen
> windows. I didn't manage to do that. But maybe there are tricks unknown
> to me. Maybe that can be done with redirecting stdin and stdout to a
> socket with socat or something like that.

Actually -- it *looks like* loopback-pinentry is pretty much exactly what 
I'm looking for here, if I understand the feature.  Hopefully recent 
fundraising activity can get 2.1 out the door soon.  (I'm going to 



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