What is the Pinentry Mac passphrase you are asked when creating a new key ?

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23 Sep, 2022 07:19 PM

After being a PGP user way back then in the 90s, I still get the overall concept behind GPG but this is my first try at it through GPGTools and I feel a bit lost right at the beginning. Sorry for my ignorance here, still evaluating the tools at this stage.

I followed the "First steps" page but before my first key gets created I get a pop up windows titled Pinentry Mac that asks me for a secret passphrase to protect My new key. I am very sorry but I don't get what that is. This doesn't seem to be my key password so what is it ?

Thanks in advance

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Steve on 28 Sep, 2022 06:58 PM

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    Hi darkskyz,

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

    The pinentry dialog you are seeing is where you set the passphrase for your new OpenPGP key.

    There is a bug in GPG Suite 2022.1 which can be confusing. Please download and install our nightly build from https://releases.gpgtools.org/nightlies/ which includes the fix.

    After that please try creating your OpenPGP key (if you don't have an old key you would like to keep using that is).

    Let me know if that worked or if you need additional help.

    Kind regards,

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