Depending on your GNU/Linux distribution, you can find precompiled packages:
- Debian GNU/Linux and derivates (Ubuntu, Knoppix...): gnupg-agent (install with Synaptic, apt-get or dkpg).
- Gentoo GNU/Linux: gpg-agent (install with emerge)
- RPM-based (RedHat, Fedora...): gnupg2 (install with yum, apt-get for RPM or rpm)
You also need a
aptitude install pinentry-gtk2 echo "pinentry-program /usr/bin/pinentry" >> ~/.gnupg/gpg-agent.conf
Here is how to use gpg-agent in a simple way:
gpg-agent --daemon > ~/.gpg-agent-info # start the daemon . ~/.gpg-agent-info # load settings (can be done from another terminal) gpg --sign -b --use-agent file.tar.gz # asked passphrase gpg --sign -b --use-agent file2.tar.gz # did not ask passphrase # ... killall gpg-agent # stop the daemon
See also UsingGnuArch for using gpg-agent when signing commits.