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An Xlib version of gpg's pinentry
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pinentry-xlib ============= Pinentry is the program called by background gpg and gpg-agent processes to prompt the user for passwords. The stock gpg package includes several pinentry programs, including one for the terminal using curses, and X versions using gtk, gtk2, qt, or qt4 toolkits. These UI toolkits are quite large, and the gtk2 pinentry ends up linked to 60 (!) shared libraries with a combined size of 60M. Because pinentry does little more than display a dialog box and input the password, this seems rather excessive. So this project is a toolkit-less version of pinentry using only the basic X API, loading only 6 shared libraries and having a 3M footprint. There is also a similar program, ssh-askpass, used by ssh and ssh-agent to ask for passwords. Because the API for that one is very simple, pinentry-xlib can work as ssh-askpass too. To compile: ./configure --prefix=/usr make make install pinentry and ssh-askpass use symlinks to allow keeping multiple versions installed simultaneously, so to enable pinentry-xlib you will need to: cd /usr/bin rm pinentry ssh-askpass ln -s pinentry-xlib pinentry ln -s pinentry-xlib ssh-askpass