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- Jul 19 2021, 5:39 AM (19 w, 3 d)
Jul 22 2021
It's worth noting that this issue is particularly impactful for devices with small screens whose sizes cannot be changed. A Raspberry Pi with an Adafruit touchscreen would almost certainly have issues, for example.
This also applies to mobile devices. For context, I use Termux on my Android phone, and this issue manifests there. I can enter the passphrase for an existing key and decrypt/sign with it, but any attempt to create a new key throws me into the same loop that the OP describes. (Interestingly, this happens whether or not I actually supply a new passphrase.)
Since I am on a mobile device in this scenario, my terminal dimensions are 56x115. I'm not familiar with the implementation details of GPG, but is there any chance we could fall back to a single-line, sudo-style password prompt if pinentry fails (or have pinentry fall back to that internally if the normal mode fails)? That should work on terminals of just about any size.
(As an additional note, I've also tried flipping into landscape orientation, hoping that would increase my screen width sufficiently. However, my keyboard then occupies most of the screen, and I receive the expected error message, gpg: agent_genkey failed: Screen or window too small.)
EDIT: I'm running GPG 2.3.1 and pinentry 1.1.1.