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I'm trying to use gpa to manage my gpg keys under linux mint and am getting a "general assuan error" whenever I try to run the application. If I run as root, gpa works fine but I'd prefer to not need to sudo just to see my personal keys. I've tried running chmod u+s without any luck. What else can I do to fix this?

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While I am not 100% sure what actually happens but gpa will start with gpa --disable-x509, which can be edited into the gpa.desktop file under Exec=.

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