Is a .gnupg directory /w write access mandatory?

David Shaw dshaw at
Sat May 1 19:21:30 CEST 2004

On Sat, May 01, 2004 at 05:16:12PM +0200, Joe Schulz wrote:
> Hello all,
> I am trying to use gnupg in a boot script for a high-security boot 
> process. It only has to decrypt an ascii-armored symmetric ciphertext 
> but at the moment it fails miserably because gnupg seems to ultimately 
> demand write access to some .gnupg directory even if it is not needed 
> for the task at all!
> At that point in the boot process there is no writable file system 
> whatsoever because we still need to decrypt those keys for the file 
> systems to mount! Talk about tail biting...
> I'd rather not mount a RAM-disk just for the purpose of getting around 
> this, so is there some - maybe undocumented - way to make gnupg just 
> decrypt my file and skip the ".gnupg" issue?

It is documented.  The problem is that GnuPG is trying to save the
random number seed file.  If you don't want this to happen, use

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