On Tue 2017-10-10 10:51:16 +0200, Fourhundred Thecat wrote: > I am using gnupg 2.1.18-6 on Debian Stretch.
Stretch currently ships 2.1.18-8~deb9u1. please update ;) > My root partition (/) is mounted read-only and I cannot use gpg as root, > because gpg wants to start gpg-agent and write to /root/.gnupg/ > > ie: > > gpg -d file.gpg > > gpg: error creating keybox '/root/.gnupg/pubring.kbx': Read-only file system > gpg: keyblock resource '/root/.gnupg/pubring.kbx': Read-only file system > gpg: can't connect to the agent: IPC connect call failed > gpg: problem with the agent: No agent running > gpg: decryption failed: No secret key > > With gpg version 1, I could use --lock-never and --no-use-agent and it > worked on read-only filesystem. > > How can I use gpg version 2 on read-only filesystem and without agent ? it looks like you're trying to decrypt a file. it also looks like you don't have any public keys stored on this machine. so maybe you're trying to decrypt a symmetrically-encrypted (password-protected) file? I'm assuming that you have a writeable filesystem somehwere (e.g. /tmp). You could try the following: export GNUPGHOME=$(mktemp -d) gpg -d file.gpg rm -rf "$GNUPGHOME" hth, --dkg
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