Work remaining for a 2.1 release?

Kyle Butt kylebutt at
Thu Feb 14 02:48:01 CET 2013

On Wed, Feb 13, 2013 at 9:31 AM, Werner Koch <wk at> wrote:
> On Wed, 13 Feb 2013 01:34, kylebutt at said:
>> Given that the last beta was over a year ago, what work remains on the
>> release, and how can I help?
> Don't expect too much from a beta tag, there is no definite list of
> features to be included in 2.1 but this development cycle needs to come
> to an end soon.
> I am currently working on improving the key storage and on features to
> help using GnuPG-2 on unattended boxes. What we definitely need is a
> way to make the migration from secring.gpg to the gpg-agend based
> private key storage easier. There are two options I can see:
> - A Pinentry based message to tell the user how to migrate
> - A fully automated way to migrate the keys.
> The latter is more complicated due to the fact that the user needs to
> enter the passphrase for each private key. It also needs to take care
> of the not so common cases of offline stored keys etc. In theory this
> should all work, but it needs to see more tests. The keys are too
> precious to risk any loss.

Can you give me a brief explanation of why the passphrase is needed for

> Another construction area is the smartcard stuff. gniibe is currently
> working on it so I assume we are on track there.
> Help would of course be welcome. However, any code contribution also
> means initially a bit more work for me. Given that I can only barely
> finance my living I unfortunately need to limit the time I can hack on
> GnuPG. And I also need to sort out the issues with the requirement for
> copyright assignments.
> Shalom-Salam,
> Werner
> --
> Die Gedanken sind frei. Ausnahmen regelt ein Bundesgesetz.
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