[arch-general] mutt and gnupg

Leonid Isaev lisaev at umail.iu.edu
Mon Dec 22 19:27:09 UTC 2014

On Sun, Dec 07, 2014 at 10:45:45AM +1300, Jason Ryan wrote:
> Yes, but you do need to move to GPGME (or at least that was the only way I
> restored that functionality).

Why? Where is it written?

> Update your gpg configuration in your mutt files:
>   set crypt_use_gpgme = yes

This variable can certainly be set. However, by itself it doesn't do anything
to help mutt discover the running gpg-agent.

> Then in your shell profile file, set a couple of variables:
>   export GPG_TTY=$(tty)
>   export GPG_AGENT_INFO=$HOME/.gnupg/S.gpg-agent

This is also unnecessary. The first variable should anyway be set in the
.bashrc (or similar). The 2nd one is not needed to be exported globally.

The real solution would be for mutt to look for gpg-agent sockets. Currently,
mutt just seems to check GPG_AGENT_INFO in env and ask for a passwd if it is
not set.

It follows that the simplest workaround is to change mutt invocation as
$ env | grep GPG
$ GPG_AGENT_INFO="" mutt

and leave muttrc alone.

Leonid Isaev
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