pinentry: pinentry dialog using secondary system language when english is default

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18 Jan, 2017 08:19 PM

My computer has US English, Spanish, and French as permissible languages. MacOS Sierra. Sometimes the GPGMail alerts come up in English, and sometimes in French. I can, of course, understand them because I speak these languages, but why does it sometimes use English and sometimes French?

I expected it to stick with my currently-selected language (on the toolbar menu) which is English.

macOS           10.12.2     16C68
GPG Suite       2016.12b1   26b 
GPGMail         2.7b1       1179b
GPG Keychain    1.3.3b1     1249b
GPGServices     1.11        916 
MacGPG2         2.0.30      884 
GPGPreferences  2.0.2b1     908b
Libmacgpg       0.7         775 
pinentry        0.9.7       4
  1. 1 Posted by sky on 18 Jan, 2017 08:24 PM

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    Attached screen capture. It's only the "pinentry" alert that does this when asking me for a passphrase for a key. I think actually it might only be certain keys, and I'll check on that.

  2. 2 Posted by sky on 19 Jan, 2017 01:24 AM

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    I have verified that the pin entry window is in French for at least the two GPG keys I most commonly use. Never English.

    On my second computer, MacOS Sierra, with GPGMail, I have not specified French as a second language and everything remains in English. So it could have to do with specifying multiple languages for the OS.

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Steve on 19 Jan, 2017 11:34 AM

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    Hey sky,

    thanks for taking the time to report this problem.

    We have a ticket for this problem. I connected this discussion with the existing ticket. That means, should this discussion get closed, it will be re-opened as soon as the ticket is closed. That way you'll stay in the loop and get notified as soon as we have news. Feel free to open a new discussions should you run into further problems or need assistance.

    All the best,

  4. Support Staff 4 Posted by Steve on 19 Jan, 2017 01:43 PM

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    Hi Sky,

    this issue has been fixed. If you want to test the fix, please download our latest nightly GPG Suite. That page also has sig and SHA1 to verify the download.

    Feedback on this would be appreciated.

    Best, steve

    Disclaimer: This is a development version which has not been thoroughly tested yet, so bugs or crashes are to be expected. Thanks for helping us test this fix.s

  5. 5 Posted by sky on 19 Jan, 2017 08:34 PM

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    The daily build fixed it for me. I'm now seeing pinentry in English, which is the currently-selected MacOS language. Thanks.

    Right after installing the nightly build I did try several times to compose an outbound message and although the window was listed in the 'window' menu in, it was not visible on the screen. I also hit the 'reply' button to answer a message and that window also was invisible. I restarted and the windows became visible after the app launched. So that was scary. I'll continue to run with this build and report any other issues. It is 1748n.

  6. Support Staff 6 Posted by Steve on 21 Jan, 2017 10:58 PM

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    Ok, I am not sure what got stuck. So if the problem you described in your last post, please make sure to open a new discussion and we'll try to debug that case then.

    I'm closing this discussion. Should you need further assistance or have questions you can re-open this discussion here or open a new one any time.

    Best, steve

  7. Steve closed this discussion on 21 Jan, 2017 10:58 PM.

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