MacGPG: Pinentry not showing but using 100% cpu (self compiled gpg via homebrew)

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28 Jun, 2017 03:39 PM

I try to decrypt a message in gpg on the command line. No window for my password comes up but a process called pinentry starts using 100% cpu.
When the process is killed, a russian password entry box appears in the terminal window.

Getting an English popup window for my gpg password.

Additional info
I also installed gpg using homebrew

macOS           10.12.5     16F73
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. Support Staff 1 Posted by Steve on 03 Jul, 2017 11:58 AM

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    Hi Jelle,

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

    Any reason you opted to use homebrew instead of using MacGPG which comes with GPG Suite?

    It would be worth trying to remove homebrew and then test if you are able to use gpg as expected after reinstalling GPG Suite.

    To remove homebrew gpg:

    1. remove homebrew gpg
    2. execute the following command
      sudo ln -s /usr/local/MacGPG2/bin/gpg2 /usr/local/bin/gpg

    All the best,

  2. 2 Posted by Jelle Besseling on 03 Jul, 2017 12:09 PM

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    Hello Steve,

    Everything is working now. Thanks for your help.

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Steve on 03 Jul, 2017 12:27 PM

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    Perfect. Glad, this is solved for you. 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

  4. Steve closed this discussion on 03 Jul, 2017 12:27 PM.

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