problems with pinentry-0.9.0 (Werner Koch)

Peter Pentchev roam at
Fri Nov 21 08:56:02 CET 2014

On Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 12:31:53PM -0800, Rex Kneisley wrote:
> Gracious reply:
> >Install the pkg-config package:
> >apt-get install pkg-config
> >Shalom-Salam,
> >Werner
> Thank you!
> After installing pkg-config as suggested,
> Looks like I'm down to the wire:
> checking whether mlock is broken... no
> checking for byte typedef... no
> checking for ulong typedef... yes
> checking for setcap... /sbin/setcap
> checking for cap_set_proc in -lcap... no
> checking for initscr in -lncursesw... no
> checking for initscr in -lncurses... no
> checking for tgetent in -lcurses... no
> checking for tgetent in -ltermcap... no
> checking for tgetent in -ltermlib... no
> checking for initscr in -lcurses... no
> checking for pkg-config... /usr/bin/pkg-config
> checking for gtk+-2... no
> configure: WARNING: pkg-config could not find the module gtk+-2.0
> checking pkg-config is at least version 0.9.0... yes
> checking for QT4_CORE... no
> configure: error: No pinentry enabled.
> I have tried:
> sudo apt-get install gtk+-2

If you need to build programs with GTK+ 2.0 support, the package that
you need to install is usually named something like libgtk2.0-dev on
Debian-like systems.

This information is actually available if you have "deb-src" lines in
your /etc/apt/sources.list, so that Apt can download information about
source packages; then you can try the following:

apt-cache search -n pinentry
(see that it shows a pinentry-gtk2 binary package)

apt-cache show pinentry-gtk2 | less
(it will tell you "Source: pinentry")

apt-cache showsrc pinentry
It will give you a list of packages in the Build-Depends field; those
are packages that the Debian package of pinentry needs so that it can
build properly with full support for all the backends.  You might
consider installing at least some of them.


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