HOWTO: Disable GPG agent password dialog (pinentry)
Say you want to symmetrically encrypt a file with GPG:
You have already decided on a nice long passphrase and have it copied to the keyboard, when a dialog window pops up asking for the passphrase, but won't allow it to be pasted in.
The fix is simple:
- Open ~/.gnupg/gpg.conf in your favorite editor
- Comment the use-agent line (prefix it with #)
- Kill off the gpg-agent service (sudo killall -9 gpg-agent)
Now you will be prompted at the shell for the passphrase whenever you use gpg -c. This also helps for scripts.
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