Why can't gpg check GNUPGHOME on Windows by default?

Werner Koch wk at gnupg.org
Wed Aug 1 17:10:01 CEST 2001

On Wed, 1 Aug 2001 07:47:46 -0600, Jared Robinson said:

> I already posted this once, but got no responses.  Here goes again.
> Why can't the windows version of GPG check the GNUPGHOME environment
> variable like it does on UNIX -- before it looks in the registry for its
> home directory?  It is much easier to set an environment variable than

I have been told that the Registry is the preferred mechanism to do
this. Using GNUPGHOME would add an extra complexity which I want to avoid.

> to set a registry key.  This behavior makes it easier for an external
> program to call gpg/gpgv with a custom home directory.

What's wrong with 

  gpg --homedir c:/foo/bar

This overrides the registry entry

gpg --homedir %GNUPGHOME% ...

does also work in batch files.

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