--list-packets not entirely passive

David Shaw dshaw at jabberwocky.com
Thu Apr 18 21:36:01 CEST 2002

On Tue, Apr 16, 2002 at 01:12:00PM -0700, Anonymous wrote:
> The gpg man page says:
> > --list-packets
> >                 List only  the  sequence  of  packets.  This  is
> >                 mainly useful for debugging.
> However, if run on an encrypted ASCII armored file,
> it asks for a passphrase and seems to decrypt
> what it finds and reports the packets inside the
> decryption.
> It would be more natural (and consistent with
> the documentation) if it only listed the sequence
> of the packets it finds without actually doing anything.

Unfortunately, it can't.  There is no way to list the packets inside
an encrypted packet without decrypting.  If you want --list-packets to
just list what it can see without decrypting, try:

gpg --batch --list-packets


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