GnuPG manual doubt

Mike Ashley
Thu, 27 Jan 2000 06:13:35 -0500

The wording being quoted by Horacio comes directly from the gpg manual page.
If someone could post a clarification, in terms of the algorithms being
used, of what it means to "add salt" and "mangle", then Horacio and I could
fix both the English and Spanish versions once and for all.


----- Original Message -----
From: J Horacio MG <>
To: GPG List <>
Sent: Thursday, January 27, 2000 5:13 AM
Subject: GnuPG manual doubt

> while doing the Spanish translation of the manual, I've found something
> I'm stack with. For the options s2k-digest-algo and s2k-mode the
> synopsis says:
> set the message digest algorithm for mangling passphrases
> and
> sets how passphrases are mangled
> It would help me if anyone could give me a brief explanation of it, as I
> can't think of the meaning for "mangling" here.
> Also, could anyone tell me what does "adding salt to a passphrase" mean?
> (the translation of "salt" is ok, just like the element).