GnuPG 1.3.4 SHA256 problem?

David Shaw dshaw at
Mon Dec 1 12:32:52 CET 2003

On Mon, Dec 01, 2003 at 11:19:14AM -0600, Joe Vender wrote:
> I've compiled the gnupg 1.3.4 code which is on the download site using 
> MinGW on windows and am using it on windows. When I set
>  digest-algo SHA256
> in my gpg.conf file, and then try to clearsign (or anything else), I get 
> the following:
> "DSA requires the use of 160 bit hash algorithm
> clearsign failed: general error"
> If I use SHA1 as the digest-algo, everything seems to work. I thought 
> that this version was supposed to have SHA256 read and write ability. 
> What am I doing wrong?

SHA256 is a 256-bit hash.  As the error says, DSA requires a 160-bit

SHA256 is only useful if you are using RSA.


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