PINENTRY-GNOME3(1) General Commands Manual PINENTRY-GNOME3(1)
pinentry-gnome3 – PIN or pass-phrase entry dialog for GnuPG
pinentry-gnome3 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
pinentry-gnome3 implements a PIN entry dialog based on GNOME 3, which
aims to follow the GNOME Human Interface Guidelines as closely as pos‐
sible. 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-gnome3 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.
–help Print a usage message summarizing the most useful command-line
Turn on some debugging. Mostly useful for the maintainers.
Note that this may reveal sensitive information like the entered
Ask for timeouts and insurance, too. Note that this is cur‐
rently not fully supported.
Grab the keyboard only when the window is focused. Use this
option if you are debugging software using pinentry-gnome3; 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
Use window ID N as the parent window for positioning the window.
Note, that this is not fully supported by all flavors of pinen‐
–display STRING, –ttyname STRING, –ttytype STRING, –lc-type STRING,
These options are used to pass localization information to
pinentry-gnome3. They are required because pinentry-gnome3 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.
The full documentation for pinentry-gnome3 is maintained as a Texinfo
manual. If the pinentry-doc package is installed, the command
should give you access to the complete manual.
This manual page was written by Daniel Kahn Gillmor for the Debian
project, adapted from other pinentry manual pages written by Peter
01 Jun 2015 PINENTRY-GNOME3(1)