Paperkey for Revocation Certificates? (Feature-Request :-)

David Shaw dshaw at
Mon Oct 6 20:03:05 CEST 2008

On Mon, Oct 06, 2008 at 08:03:12AM +0200, Sven Radde wrote:
> Am Sonntag, den 05.10.2008, 19:49 -0400 schrieb David Shaw:
> > A revocation certificate, on the other hand, doesn't  
> > have all that much that can be removed.  Luckily revocation  
> > certificates are pretty short to begin with.  The only real advantage  
> > that paperkey could bring to revocation certificates is the per-line  
> > CRC, which makes retyping easier.
> Yes, that's the point.
> While I agree with Robert and you that revocation certs are smaller and
> therefore easier to OCR than keys, they would be *even easier* to OCR if
> they were encoded in Base16 and had per-line checksums.
> ASCII armor has a few characters which are somewhat hard to tell
> apart (orimarily 0s and Os - note to myself: find a better font) and
> if such 'entropy' can be avoided this increases reliability of the
> import.

Good point.  I'll consider that, but in the meantime, note that you
can do something like this:

  gpg --gen-revoke (thekey) | gpg --dearmor | od -tx1


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