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2 Invoking GPG-AGENT

gpg-agent is a daemon to manage secret (private) keys independently from any protocol. It is used as a backend for gpg and gpgsm as well as for a couple of other utilities.

The agent is automatically started on demand by gpg, gpgsm, gpgconf, or gpg-connect-agent. Thus there is no reason to start it manually. In case you want to use the included Secure Shell Agent you may start the agent using:

     gpg-connect-agent /bye

If you want to manually terminate the currently-running agent, you can safely do so with:

     gpgconf --kill gpg-agent

You should always add the following lines to your .bashrc or whatever initialization file is used for all shell invocations:

     export GPG_TTY

It is important that this environment variable always reflects the output of the tty command. For W32 systems this option is not required.

Please make sure that a proper pinentry program has been installed under the default filename (which is system dependent) or use the option pinentry-program to specify the full name of that program. It is often useful to install a symbolic link from the actual used pinentry (e.g. /usr/local/bin/pinentry-gtk) to the expected one (e.g. /usr/local/bin/pinentry).

See Option Index, for an index to GPG-AGENT's commands and options.