I am trying to get seahorse-daemon (formerly seahorse-agent) to cache the passphrase for private pgp keys permanently.

I have used dconf-editor to set gpg-cache-method to always, but the setting is ignored, seahorse prompts for passphrase entry every time the key is used.

Interestingly I have six machines all running 14.04 with latest updates, and I can't figure out why some of them do cache the passphrase permanently while others don't.

Thanks in advance for any ideas.

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To permanently save the a passphrase in the keyring, use seahorse-ssh-askpass from package seahorse:

/usr/lib/seahorse/seahorse-ssh-askpass my_key

Note: You have to have a have the corresponding .pub file in the same directory as the private key (~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub in the example). Also, make sure that the public key is the file name of the private key plus .pub (for example, my_key.pub).

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