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Re: Small patch to enable use of gpg-agent with pgg

From: Sascha Wilde
Subject: Re: Small patch to enable use of gpg-agent with pgg
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2006 10:49:11 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Daniel Pittman <address@hidden> wrote:

> Sascha Wilde <address@hidden> writes:
>> I wrote a small patch, which makes it possible to use the GnuPG agent
>> (which is part of gpg 1.9 and considered ready to use by Werner) with
>> the GnuPG backend of pgg.
> I am not convinced that this is the best idea -- so far as I can see, if
> I were to set `pgg-gpg-use-agent' to `t' then I *must* use the agent.
> Is it not possible to enable gpg to try the agent first, then to prompt
> for a passphrase?

Yes, that would be good.  I'll try to implement it.

> Also, is it possible to automatically detect support for using the agent
> so that it isn't necessary to manually enable this -- once a new enough
> version is available, support is enabled?

This would be very error prone.  Even if a running gpg-agent is
available there are certain conditions which could make using it
impossible.  For example: on an text console running the standard
pin-entry program (which uses curses) from within emacs won't work.

That's why I think that using an available agent should be enabled

Sascha Wilde
Real programmers don't want "what you see is what you get", they want
"you asked for it, you got it".  They want editors that are terse,
powerful, cryptic, and unforgiving.  In a word, Teco.

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