[ubuntu-uk] Evolution's compulsory GPG routine

Vinothan Shankar neversaymonkey at googlemail.com
Fri Jul 10 16:13:10 BST 2009

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Rowan Berkeley wrote:
> On Thu, 2009-07-09 at 15:36 +0100, vinu wrote:
>> Assuming it IS gnome-keyring, somewhere in the repositories is a
>> package that will unlock your default keyring on login and lock it
>> again when you log out, to defeat this very problem.  I've been using
>> it for quite a while, now. If, on the other hand, it's the GPG, you
>> can disable it in your Evo preferences.
> It's just Evo; every time I start it, it says more or less "the
> application 'evolution' wants to access the GPG keyring but it is
> locked." I have looked a good few times at the Evo preferences but I
> cannot see any way to disable this, so, Vinu, please tell me
> specifically how to do it.
> Also, I have gone and deleted the Evo applet from the Gnome panel, and
> so I am not getting new email notifications (except for a momentary
> balloon). I would like to put the applet back, but it isn't listed in
> 'add/remove from panel.' Can anyone tell me how?

Sorry, it's nagging when it opens?  I've never encountered this with the
GPG keyring, though it has been known to ask to unlock the "default
keyring" each time it opens (not *quite* the same).  If it's asking
about the default keyring, this is due to having automatic login enabled
- - It unlocks the keyring when you type your login password, which
doesn't happen if you have auto-login enabled.  The only thing you can
do about this, as far as I know, is to disable automatic login.

You'll need to go into the settings for each of your mail accounts (if
you have more that one) and unset everything relevant on the security
tab.  That includes removing the key fingerprint from the box.  As far
as I recall, this will prevent Evo interfacing with GPG at all.

> Thunderbird is much easier to use than Evo, anyway, so I shall scrap
> Evo and use Thunderbird.

I would like to add that because I arrived at a similar conclusion a
couple of weeks ago, I'm working form memory about Evolution.


PS apologies for the delayed response.
Version: GnuPG v1.4.9 (GNU/Linux)


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