pinentry(1)



PINENTRY-GTK-2(1)           General Commands Manual          PINENTRY-GTK-2(1)

NAME
       pinentry-gtk-2 - PIN or pass-phrase entry dialog for GnuPG

SYNOPSIS
       pinentry-gtk-2 [OPTION...]

DESCRIPTION
       pinentry-gtk-2  is  a  program  that allows for secure entry of PINs or
       pass phrases.  That means it tries to take care that the entered infor-
       mation  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 particular
       software.

       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.

OPTIONS
       --version
              Print the program version and licensing information.

       --help 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 cur-
              rently 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; oth-
              erwise you may not be able to to access your X  session  anymore
              (unless  you  have other means to connect to the machine to kill
              pinentry-gtk-2).

       --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 pinen-
              try.

       --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  pro-
              tocol options are an alternative way to pass these information.

SEE ALSO
       pinentry-curses(1),   pinentry-qt(1),   pinentry-gnome3(1),   pinentry-
       tty(1), gpg(1), gpg-agent(1)

       The full documentation for pinentry-gtk-2 is maintained  as  a  Texinfo
       manual.  If the pinentry-doc package is installed, the command

              info pinentry

       should give you access to the complete manual.

AUTHOR
       This  manual  page  was  written  by  Peter  Eisentraut  for the Debian
       project.

                                  27 Jan 2005                PINENTRY-GTK-2(1)

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