GnuPG 1.9.23 released

Werner Koch wk at
Mon Sep 18 15:20:02 CEST 2006


We are pleased to announce the availability of GnuPG 1.9.23 - the
branch of GnuPG heading towards a GnuPG 2.0 and featuring the OpenPGP
as well as the S/MIME protocol.

This is a BETA release and not suitable for production use!

Noteworthy changes in version 1.9.23 (2006-09-18)

 * Regular man pages for most tools are now build directly from the
   Texinfo source.

 * The gpg code from 1.4.5 has been fully merged into this release.
   For production use of OpenPGP the gpg version 1.4.5 is still
   recommended.  Note, that gpg will be installed under the name gpg2
   to allow coexisting with an 1.4.x gpg.

 * API change in gpg-agent's pkdecrypt command.  Thus an older gpgsm
   may not be used with the current gpg-agent.

 * The scdaemon will now call a script on reader status changes.

 * gpgsm now allows file descriptor passing for "INPUT", "OUTPUT" and

 * The gpgsm server may now output a key listing to the output file
   handle. This needs to be enabled using "OPTION list-to-output=1".

 * The --output option of gpgsm has now an effect on list-keys.

 * New gpgsm commands --dump-chain and list-chain.

 * gpg-connect-agent has new options to utilize descriptor passing.

 * A global trustlist may now be used.  See doc/examples/trustlist.txt.

 * When creating a new pubring.kbx keybox common certificates are

Note, that gpg2 is now build by default and may actually be used.
There are some minor things missing but most people should not be
affected by this.

Please test this release and report bugs.  If you are a translator,
please do not yet start with translations but wait for the first
release candidate which is planned for early October.

You may download it from one of the mirrors as listed at or direct from the master
server    (2227k)

 or as a patch against the previous release: (495k)

For help on installing or running GnuPG 1.9 you should send mail to
the gnupg-users mailing list or to one of the country specific lists.
See .

Improving GnuPG is costly, but you can help!  We are looking for
organizations that find GnuPG useful and wish to contribute back.  You
can contribute by reporting bugs, improve the software, or by donating

Commercial support contracts for GnuPG are available, and they help
finance continued maintenance.  g10 Code GmbH, a Duesseldorf based
company owned and headed by gpg's principal author, is currently
funding GnuPG development.  We are always looking for interesting
development projects.

Happy hacking,


Werner Koch                                      <wk at>
The GnuPG Experts                      
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