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Wrong char encoding Gnupg -> agent -> pinentry
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When the locale is set to e.g. iso-8859-1, gpg 2.0 will send a string like "Sie
benötigen eine Passphrase" (de_DE) in this encoding to the agent which in turn
transmits it to pinentry. If the string contains utf-8 encoded information from
a key, pinentry will get confused.

Gpg 1.4 /always/ used utf-8 for all strings sent to the agent/pinentry, even if
the locale was set differently. GnuPG 2.0 should also follow this approach.

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albrecht.dress set External Link to 27 2006, 9:18 PM

Marcus: gpg features the options


Pass them to all gpg's with a version >= 1.3.0

werner assigned this task to marcus.

I checked this in:

2006-11-29 Marcus Brinkmann <>

  • rungpg.c: Include <unistd.h>. (gpg_new): Support --display, --ttyname, --ttytype, --lc-ctype and --lc-messages. Fixes T734.
werner removed a project: Testing.