multiple instances of gpg-agent
2014-667rhzu3dc-lists-groups at riseup.net
Tue May 19 00:54:49 CEST 2015
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On Monday 18 May 2015 at 11:29:03 AM, in
<mid:87vbfqfac0.fsf at vigenere.g10code.de>, Werner Koch wrote:
> I have only seen two and since the auto-start process
> locking you should never see more than one. In any
> case the agent checks its own socket and if it is not
> connected to itself it will terminate itself.
I just saw that in action: trying to run the command line shown in
Process Explorer for an already-running agent gives me:-
gpg-agent: a gpg-agent is already running - not starting a new one
> You see different agents for different GNUPGHOMEs and
> users; this is okay.
Ah, that explains why there are so many running. Thank you.
Looking at Process Explorer, it gives the command line for each
instance of agent. Each one I see there at the moment contains a
different path for --homedir.
How long is agent supposed to stay running when it is no longer being
used? It looks like mine last until I reboot. Or specifically
kill them. Or delete the file S.gpg-agent in the relevant GnuPG home
MFPA <mailto:2014-667rhzu3dc-lists-groups at riseup.net>
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