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Re: Gnus and pgp

From: Ted Zlatanov
Subject: Re: Gnus and pgp
Date: Tue, 01 Dec 2009 14:28:42 -0600
User-agent: Gnus/5.110011 (No Gnus v0.11) Emacs/23.1.50 (gnu/linux)

On Sun, 29 Nov 2009 19:35:17 +0100 Richard Riley <> wrote: 

RR> I just wonder how many of you were using pgp and something like
RR> gupg-agent?

RR> I was having terrible connection problems for ages with a set up like
RR> this:

RR> ,----
RR> | (require 'auth-source)
RR> | (require 'epa-file)
RR> | (setq epa-file-cache-passphrase-for-symmetric-encryption t) ;;VERY 
RR> | (if (file-exists-p "~/.authinfo")
RR> |     (setq auth-sources '((:source "~/.authinfo" :host t :protocol t)))
RR> |     (setq auth-sources '((:source "~/.authinfo.gpg" :host t :protocol 
RR> | (setq 
RR> |       mml2015-encrypt-to-self t
RR> |       mml2015-cache-passphrase t
RR> |       mml2015-passphrase-cache-expiry 60000
RR> |       mml2015-verbose t)
RR> `----

RR> When using the .gpg, hard to pinpoint but constant refusals to connect
RR> to a server (nntp) when doing a refresh or even starting Gnus for the first
RR> time. Often quitting gnus and then restarting fixed it. I know the
RR> default above is .authinfo as that is my set up now (I just recreated
RR> the .authinfo from the .gpg file) and all connection issues vanished.

RR> Is anyone else here using the epa stuff with more success? Can you share
RR> your setup? I would love to use the (chmodded) .authinfo and replace
RR> with a .gpg but it doesn't seem very stable with my set up above.

RR> I know the agent was running fine.

I don't use the GnuPG agent, I just cache the passphrase locally.  It
works perfectly for me with heavy daily usage.  Can you try that (set
GPG_AGENT_INFO=none) and see if it works for you?


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