smart card no longer works

Robert J. Hansen rjh at
Thu Sep 8 22:06:44 CEST 2016

> 1. with gpg2 :    gpg2 --card-status
> gpg: error getting version from 'scdaemon': No SmartCard daemon
> gpg: OpenPGP card not available: No SmartCard daemon

The last I checked, Ubuntu's stock install did not include smartcard
drivers.  The good news is these can be easily installed via apt-get.  The
bad news is I don't remember what the package name is.  :(

> Its a real PITA that a simple clean installation of an OS won't give a
> smartcard operation. It looks like the whole smartcard thing is a little
> in robustness.

Although I understand your frustration, it would be best to aim that
frustration at Ubuntu -- they're the ones who elected to not make smartcard
drivers part of the base OS image.

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