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bug#29906: 27.0.50; Emacs prompts for passwords in GUI dialog instead of
bug#29906: 27.0.50; Emacs prompts for passwords in GUI dialog instead of minibuffer
Sat, 30 Dec 2017 10:54:31 -0500
Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/27.0.50 (gnu/linux)
At 10:19 +0200 on Saturday 2017-12-30, Eli Zaretskii wrote:
> Does this NEWS.26 entry help?
> ** The pinentry.el library has been removed.
> That package (and the corresponding change in GnuPG and pinentry)
> was intended to provide a way to input passphrase through Emacs with
> GnuPG 2.0. However, the change to support that was only implemented
> in GnuPG >= 2.1 and didn't get backported to GnuPG 2.0. And with
> GnuPG 2.1 and later, pinentry.el is not needed at all. So the
> library was useless, and we removed it. GnuPG 2.0 is no longer
> supported by the upstream project.
> To adapt to the change, you may need to set 'epa-pinentry-mode' to the
> symbol 'loopback'.
Yes, that does help, thank you. I should have checked the news.
It doesn't help me decide what to do though. Do you know if using
the prompt in the minibuffer (using `loopback') is thought to be
less secure than using the external pinentry program?
> What version of GnuPG do you have on that system?
Here `gpg' is GnuPG 1.4.22 and `gpg2' is GnuPG 2.2.3.