MacGPG2: Annoying default behavior

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Norman Wikner

25 Jun, 2017 09:32 PM

Using 2.7b3. Unfortunately I don’t have many email correspondents who also have GPG. So most of the time that I want to send an email I send it unencrypted and unsigned.
By default, when I open a new draft email, it opens with the signature button selected (blue) and the button menu in the upper left set to OpenPGP (green). In settings I have not saved my password in the keychain but instead have “Remember for 600 seconds” checked.
So after opening a new email draft, I immediately unselect the signature button. Despite doing so, after a few seconds a dialog pops up asking me for my GPG password. This usually ends up causing me to type 20-30 characters that I intended to be in the body of my email going into the password field in the dialog instead. This is most annoying. There doesn’t seem to be any way of changing this behavior in settings.

I don’t want the password dialog to come up unexpectedly, under conditions where the password is not needed (i.e. not encrypting or signing, or with S/MIME selected instead of OpenPGP.

macOS           10.12.5     16F2073
GPG Suite       2017.1b3    1812    (d43863c)
GPGMail         2.7b3       1215    (d0b5fa0)
GPG Keychain    1.3.3b2     1271    (028a4a2)
GPGServices     1.11        916     (872e77d)
MacGPG2         2.0.30-1b2  887-    (4912d26)
GPGPreferences  2.0.2b3     927     (641418e)
Libmacgpg       0.7         782     (536bf51)
pinentry        0.9.7       4       (b75069d)
  1. 1 Posted by Norman Wikner on 25 Jun, 2017 10:08 PM

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    I think I found the solution to my own problem. I had been looking in System Preferences->GPGPreferences->Settings. What I needed was in Mail->Preferences->GPGMail->Settings. I unchecked "Encrypt drafts" and "Sign new messages by default". I'm betting that will solve the problem.

  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by Steve on 17 Jul, 2017 10:16 AM

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    Hi Norman,

    welcome to the GPGTools support platform. Sorry you are having problems using GPG Suite.

    We have a ticket for this problem. pinentry should not ask for a password during draft creation. 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.

    The workaround is an option. We'll let you know once this bug is fixed.

    All the best,

  3. Steve closed this discussion on 18 Aug, 2017 12:53 PM.

  4. Steve closed this discussion on 25 Feb, 2022 10:28 PM.

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