Introduction to PIN-Entry

The PIN-Entry package contains a collection of simple PIN or pass-phrase entry dialogs which utilize the Assuan protocol as described by the Ägypten project. PIN-Entry programs are usually invoked by the gpg-agent daemon, but can be run from the command line as well. There are programs for various text-based and GUI environments, including interfaces designed for Ncurses (text-based), and for the common GTK and Qt toolkits.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.8 platform.

Package Information

PIN-Entry Dependencies


GTK+-2.24.28, libcap-2.24 with PAM, libsecret-0.18.3, and Qt-4.8.7

User Notes:

Installation of PIN-Entry

Install PIN-Entry by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--enable-pinentry-qt4: Use this switch if you wish to install pinentry-qt4.

CXXFLAGS=-std=c++11: If using --enable-pinentry-qt4 switch, add to the ./configure ... command line, to fix a build problem with gcc-5.

MOC=$QT4DIR/bin/moc: If using --enable-pinentry-qt4 switch, add to the ./configure ... command line, to help Qt4 moc (Qt4 meta object compiler) detection.


Installed Programs: pinentry (symlink), pinentry-curses, pinentry-gnome3, pinentry-gtk-2, pinentry-qt4, and pinentry-tty
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directory: None

Short Descriptions


is a symbolic link to the default PIN-Entry program.


is an Ncurses text-based PIN-Entry helper program.


is a GNOME-3 PIN-Entry helper program.


is a GTK+2 PIN-Entry program program.


is a Qt4 PIN-Entry helper program.


is a tty PIN-Entry helper program.

Last updated on 2015-09-20 15:38:20 -0700