GnuPGv2 & 'pinentry' on Linux w/ remote access

Sander Smeenk ssmeenk at
Tue Nov 7 14:45:56 CET 2017

Quoting Werner Koch (wk at

> > It's rather cumbersome and very dodgy at least. How do others deal with
> > this? Or is everyone using GPG solely in GUI environments nowadays? ;)
> The current develppment version of Pinentry uses this info on Linux to
> to show the process name in the titlebar.

Thanks for your insights and continued efforts to keep our data safe!

Could you elaborate on the 'why' part of this enforced pinentry usage
with GnuPG? It wasn't mandatory in 1.x, now it's forced on us.

Where did that come from?
What problem did it solve?

Thanks again,
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