gpg-agent 2.1.16 needs about 10s for initialization saying need_entropy before it completes its first op

sivmu sivmu at
Tue Dec 20 09:55:08 CET 2016

Am 19.12.2016 um 02:20 schrieb Jan Kundrát:
> Hi,
> we're using gpgme's C++ bindings in Trojita [1], an IMAP e-mail client.
> After an update of gnupg from 2.1.15 to 2.1.16, gpg-agent appears to
> need more than 10s to initialize itself during startup -- or at least
> our very first decryptAndVerify() operation takes more than 10s.

I can confirm simular behavior.
After upgrading to 2.1.16 it takes 10 seconds on the first operation
performed. Any following operations are fast as usual.

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