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bug#27445: 26.0.50; Insufficient documentation for pinentry.el


From: Daiki Ueno
Subject: bug#27445: 26.0.50; Insufficient documentation for pinentry.el
Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2017 11:49:09 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/27.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Michael Heerdegen <address@hidden> writes:

> Daiki Ueno <address@hidden> writes:
>
>> Use it at your own risk or blame someone else
>> [...]
>> I am almost done with this issue.
>
> If you say it makes no sense to document that stuff, I can't argue
> against that.  Sorry if you feel blamed (actually I didn't blame anyone)
> - but if this is to be "used at own risk" and not worth or possible to
> be documented decently, why has it been added to Emacs?

We can remove the option too then.  Personally, I am happy with the
graphical prompt, because it's more secure than entering passwords
through Emacs.

I added it to Emacs just because I got too many complaints from others
saying that Emacs integration of GnuPG password prompt is not user
friendly, as if it is a crucial part.  I don't think so, but for over a
decade I have made every possible attempt to improve the situation,
including pinentry.el, the loopback pinentry, pinentry-curses fallback,
though there is still no single reliable option.

If you want the feature with decent documentation, you should talk to
and work with the GnuPG upstream and your distro rather than whining
here.





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