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-7.7 systemd platform.

Package Information

PIN-Entry Dependencies


Gcr-3.16.0, GTK+-2.24.28, libsecret-0.18.3 and Qt-4.8.7

User Notes:

Installation of PIN-Entry

Install PIN-Entry by running the following commands:

sed -i 's:ncursesw/::' pinentry/pinentry-curses.c &&

./configure --prefix=/usr &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

sed -i ... pinentry/pinentry-curses.c: This sed fixes detection of the Ncurses headers.


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

Short Descriptions


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


is an Ncurses text-based PIN-Entry program.


is a GNOME-3 PIN-Entry helper program.


is a GTK+2 based PIN-Entry program.


is a Qt4 based PIN-Entry program.


is a tty based PIN-Entry program.

Last updated on 2015-08-25 15:46:34 -0500