[Bug 1325832] Re: Enigmail uses GCR without user confirmation

Marc Deslauriers marc.deslauriers at canonical.com
Fri Jul 11 12:56:37 UTC 2014

I looked at the source to figure out what it did.

The Enigmail website documents it as follows (note: seahorse is the
gnome-keyring GUI):


Use gpg-agent for passphrase handling: GnuPG version 2.0.x is distributed with the GnuPG passphrase agent, a tool for caching passphrases. This is especially useful if several passphrases are used. Enabling this option makes Enigmail use the gpg-agent also for GnuPG version 1.4.x (requires the tools gpg-agent and pinentry to be installed!). Note that in some distrubutions, Seahorse is installed instead of gpg-agent. This may cause trouble when using OpenPGP SmartCards. If you use a smartcard for your key, then either use gpg-agent and enable this option or unset it AND make sure the environment variable GPG_AGENT_INFO is unset prior to starting Enigmail since GnuPG expects gpg-agent be running once it detects GPG_AGENT_INFO.

Do not activate this option, if you want Enigmail to ask you for your passphrase.

If you want Enigmail to change the documentation to make the current
behaviour clearer, please file a bug on their website, and attach it to
this bug:



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