gnupg problem "no pinentry"

Carlo Tambuatco oraclmaster at
Sun Feb 17 17:04:18 UTC 2019

I’ve had this problem…noticed it when using gnupg in conjunction with org-decrypt on emacs org mode. 
Also had to reboot whenever this problem cropped up…

I’ve been using gnupg for almost 2 years now…I assume it is a known issue. I guess it still has not been 

> On Feb 17, 2019, at 5:41 AM, joerg van den hoff <veedeehjay at> wrote:
> maybe someone knows what is going on here:
> for some time know (since whenever `gpg' started to use this litte pinentry GUI for querying pass phrases) I have the rather sporadically reappearing situation that gpg interaction fails with a "no pinentry" error.  this always happens out of the blue after weeks/months of problem-free behaviour.
> the only way I have found to get it work again is reboot (this concerns machines which are usually running 24/7) ...
> question: is this a known problem? why is gpg suddenly no longer able to find the pinentry app to use (as it seems is the case -- or is it a problem of the pinentry app itself??)? can/should I fix it via some configuration setting?
> thanks
> joerg

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