Problems with compatibility between GnuPG 1.2.2 and PGPTools 7.0.3
mwy-gpg41 at the-youngs.org
Thu Sep 11 17:46:02 CEST 2003
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> What happened here was a key was generated with GnuPG, then
> transferred over to PGP. Naturally, the key has GnuPG prefs. It is
> not GnuPG's job to prompt a user at key creation time "Do you plan on
> using your secret key with PGP at some point in the future?". The
> proper solution given in the spec is for PGP to rewrite the
> preferences. Any fix in GnuPG would be a band-aid for the real
Obviously, I agree that rewriting the preferences is the best thing.
I was merely raising the possibility that the GnuPG user community
might be more interested in a default preference that is interoperable
with other prevalent systems than in one that performs slightly
> I've thought about doing a "pgpX" macro. I'd rather that PGP did the
> right thing rather than load up GnuPG with these sort of hacks though.
It's already partially loaded. There are command-line switches
that set these preferences, but they appear to work only for
encryption, not key generation or editing [in 1.2.1, anyway].
I'd be equally happy if --gen-key or --edit-key/updpref would use the
preferences from a --pgp7 (or similar) switch. This would involve
no new switches or macros, but it would change behavior, so I knew
you might be reluctant to do that.
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