Pinentry problem with different home dir

Falko Strenzke falko.strenzke at
Thu Oct 26 11:12:24 CEST 2023

Hi Ingo,

actually I could solve the problem now by placing the gpg-agent.conf 
with the specification of the pinentry program into the folder I specify 
as GNUPGHOME. I still don't understand why this is necessary, as my 
normal home directory doesn't contain this file. But it is working for 
me now.

- Falko

Am 26.10.23 um 10:35 schrieb Ingo Klöcker:
> On Mittwoch, 25. Oktober 2023 13:01:39 CEST Falko Strenzke wrote:
>> I am trying to run GnuPG with a different home directory by setting the
>> environment variable GNUPGHOME. However, in that case, for instance when
>> trying to generate a key, in that case I get the error
>> gpg: DBG: chan_4 <- ERR 67108949 No pinentry <GPG Agent>
>> gpg: agent_genkey failed: No pinentry
>> Key generation failed: No pinentry
> I'm wondering why you have problems with something that I'm using almost daily
> while working on Kleopatra. I do
> GNUPGHOME=/somewhere gpg ...
> or
> GNUPGHOME=/somewhere kleopatra ...
> all of the time.
> I think you need to tell us the commands you are using. And the output of
> `gpg --version`.
> Regards,
> Ingo
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