file extension confusion: --clearsign makes binary .asc
wk at gnupg.org
Thu Jul 25 16:25:17 CEST 2013
On Tue, 23 Jul 2013 02:20, hans at guardianproject.info said:
> I'm sorting thru the GnuPG file extensions these days. One thing I just
> noticed is that "gpg2 --clearsign icon.png" creates a binary file called
> "icon.png.asc". The signature is ASCII but the rest is still the plain old
> binary. Shouldn't that file be .gpg or .sig?
The .asc suffix indicates that this is a human readable file and as such
could be directly send using email or fido.net.
The .sig indicates a binary detached signature.
The .gpg is GnuPG's version of .pgp and indicates a binary format.
The use of the suffixes stems form PGP 2. I used them to make migration
easier. Well, except for the self-advertising .gpg suffix.
GPG does not care about the suffix, but uses the content to decide which
type of file it is.
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