Introduction to PIN-Entry

The PIN-Entry package contains a collection of simple PIN or pass-phrase entry dialogs which utilize the Assuan protocol as described by the Ägypten project. PIN-Entry programs are usually invoked by the gpg-agent daemon, but can be run from the command line as well. There are programs for various text-based and GUI environments, including interfaces designed for Ncurses (text-based), and for the common GTK and Qt toolkits.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-8.3 platform.

Package Information

PIN-Entry Dependencies


Libassuan-2.5.1 and libgpg-error-1.32


Emacs-26.1, Gcr-3.28.0, GTK+-2.24.32, GTK+-3.22.30, libsecret-0.18.6, and Qt-5.11.1

User Notes:

Installation of PIN-Entry

Install PIN-Entry by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr --enable-pinentry-tty &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--enable-inside-emacs=yes/no: Default is no.

--enable-pinentry-qt=yes/no: Default is yes.

--enable-pinentry-gtk2=yes/no: Default is yes. Even if other pinentry-* is installed, pinentry will be a symlink to pinentry-gtk-2.

--enable-pinentry-gnome3=yes/no: Default is yes. Actually, it is the gtk3 pinentry.

--enable-pinentry-tty: Default is 'maybe'.


Installed Programs: pinentry (symlink), pinentry-curses, pinentry-emacs, pinentry-gnome3, pinentry-gtk-2, pinentry-qt, and pinentry-tty
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directory: None

Short Descriptions


is a symbolic link to the default PIN-Entry program.


is an Ncurses text-based PIN-Entry helper program.


is an Emacs version of the PIN-Entry helper program.


is a GNOME-3 PIN-Entry helper program.


is a GTK+2 PIN-Entry program program.


is a Qt4 or 5 PIN-Entry helper program.


is a tty PIN-Entry helper program.

Last updated on 2018-08-18 14:53:19 -0700