How to tell gpg not to start gpg-agent on a remote machines when using gpg agent forwarding

Thomas Glanzmann thomas at
Thu Apr 4 14:03:22 CEST 2019

I'm using gpg using gpg agent forwarding over ssh on a remote system.
Sometimes my agent socket is not available. If I start any gpg
operation, it starts a new agent. Is there a configuration option that I
can specify so that gpg gives up is there is no socket or no agent
behind a socket instead of starting a new agent?


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