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GnuPG password very often gets not accepted

Postby Onsemeliot » 2018-11-08 08:44

I have encountered a rather odd problem on Debain 9 since a few weeks now. Very often I need to re-type my GnuPG passphrase several times before it gets accepted. Yesterday it got so bad that I first tried to switch to an other password, which didn't get accepted. Then after an hour of unsuccessful repeats I finally decided to delete my keys and import it again from my backup. This solved the problem right away. But this morning I have the old issue again that I need to type the pass phrase often several times before it gets accepted. (So even if it is not as bad as yesterday, I fear it will get worse again.)

Originally I blamed my keyboard but after checking if I get the right chars I can't see any confirmation. I tried to use the command line too, but there it was the same. So I have the impression it is not an issue of Seahorse. (And I'm very sure that I don't mistype the phrase this often since I have exercised it a lot.)

Did any of you ever encounter something like that? And does anyone have an idea how to solve it?
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Re: GnuPG password very often gets not accepted

Postby bw123 » 2018-11-08 16:07

No, I never used seahorse/gnome but I do know that gnupg can be picky about permissions... so if you have edited/added anything (~/.gnupg?) as root that would be a clue?
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Re: GnuPG password very often gets not accepted

Postby Onsemeliot » 2018-11-08 16:44

bw123 wrote:gnupg can be picky about permissions... so if you have edited/added anything (~/.gnupg?) as root that would be a clue?


Thanks for your thought. I can't think of anything I altered ... And could that even lead to this odd behaviour that it accepts the pass phrase after some attempts? Shouldn't the issue be permanent if it was access rights?
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Re: GnuPG password very often gets not accepted

Postby bw123 » 2018-11-08 16:49

Well, you don't have to remember, you could check the permissions really quick. If that's not it, then I'd look for errors in the log files. Maybe some pinentry or agent isn't getting started correctly.
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