Section: User Commands (1)
Updated: 27 Jan 2005
pinentry-gtk-2 - PIN or pass-phrase entry dialog for GnuPG
is a program that allows for secure entry of PINs or
pass phrases. That means it tries to take care that the entered
information is not swapped to disk or temporarily stored anywhere.
This functionality is particularly useful for entering pass phrases
when using encryption software such as GnuPG or e-mail clients using
the same. It uses an open protocol and is therefore not tied to
pinentry-gtk-2 implements a PIN entry dialog
using the GTK+ tool kit version 2, so it is especially suitable for
users of GNOME. If the X Window System is not active then an alternative
text-mode dialog will be used. There are other flavors that
implement PIN entry dialogs using other tool kits.
pinentry-gtk-2 is typically used internally by gpg-agent.
Users don't normally have a reason to call it directly.
Print the program version and licensing information.
Print a usage message summarizing the most useful command-line options.
- --debug, -d
Turn on some debugging. Mostly useful for the maintainers. Note
that this may reveal sensitive information like the entered pass phrase.
- --enhanced, -e
Ask for timeouts and insurance, too. Note that this is currently
not fully supported.
- --no-global-grab, -g
Grab the keyboard only when the window is focused. Use this
option if you are debugging software using pinentry-gtk-2;
otherwise you may not be able to to access your X session anymore (unless
you have other means to connect to the machine to kill
- --parent-wid N
Use window ID N as the parent window for positioning the window.
Note, that this is not fully supported by all flavors of pinentry.
- --display STRING, --ttyname STRING, --ttytype STRING, --lc-type STRING, --lc-messages STRING
These options are used to pass localization information to
pinentry-gtk-2. They are required because
pinentry-gtk-2 is usually called by
some background process which does not have any information on the
locale and terminal to use. Assuan protocol options are an
alternative way to pass these information.
The full documentation for
is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the
package is installed, the command
should give you access to the complete manual.
This manual page was written by Peter Eisentraut for the Debian project.