Disable the pinentry GUI window (for ssh, svn+ssh, gpg, …) under Linux

I finally got rid of stupid popups asking me for the password over and over (git-svn)

spirit's spinney

Under SuSE 13.1, when you run a ssh+svn command on the console to commit to a subversion repository, you sometimes get an annoying behaviour: instead of prompting for the password in the shell, a pinentry GUI window pops up and asks for the password.

This drove me nuts because

1) you have to enter the password twice in there

2) if you have your console always in the foreground (like yakuake), you won’t even see the GUI window which popped up behind it and think ssh was broken because there is no way to enter the password, it just seems stuck.


So to get rid of this annoying thing, do


You can also put this into ~/.bashrc, ~/.profile or a similar file.

UPDATE: Wow, there is even more of this stuff. When using git, you may get another annoying GUI password tool: ksshaskpass.


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