PINENTRY-CURSES(1)          General Commands Manual         PINENTRY-CURSES(1)

       pinentry-curses - PIN or pass-phrase entry dialog for GnuPG

       pinentry-curses [OPTION...]

       pinentry-curses  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-curses  implements  a  PIN  entry dialog using the curses tool
       kit, meaning that it is useful for users working in text  mode  without
       the  X Window System.  There are other flavors that implement PIN entry
       dialogs that use an X tool kit.  If you have installed any of the  lat-
       ter  programs  then this program is not necessary because the X flavors
       automatically fall back to text mode if X is not active.

       pinentry-curses 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

       --debug, -d
              Turn on some debugging.   Mostly  useful  for  the  maintainers.
              Note that this may reveal sensitive information like the entered
              pass phrase.

       --enhanced, -e
              Ask for timeouts and insurance, too.  Note  that  this  is  cur-
              rently not fully supported.

       --no-global-grab, -g
              Grab  the  keyboard  only  when the window is focused.  Use this
              option if you are debugging software using pinentry-curses; 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

       --parent-wid N
              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,
       --lc-messages STRING
              These options are  used  to  pass  localization  information  to
              pinentry-curses.   They  are required because pinentry-curses 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.

       pinentry-gtk-2(1),    pinentry-qt(1),    pinentry-fltk(1),    pinentry-
       gnome3(1), pinentry-tty(1), gpg(1), gpg-agent(1)

       The  full  documentation for pinentry-curses is maintained as a Texinfo
       manual.  If the pinentry-doc package is installed, the command

              info pinentry

       should give you access to the complete manual.

       This manual page  was  written  by  Peter  Eisentraut  for  the  Debian

                                  27 Jan 2005               PINENTRY-CURSES(1)
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