Frustration (forgive a FAQ please)

Lazarus Long
Sun, 26 Sep 1999 06:37:17 +0000

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On Sun, Sep 26, 1999 at 12:00:17AM -0600, Jason Gunthorpe wrote:

> On Sun, 26 Sep 1999, Lazarus Long wrote:
> > Could someone please tell me how I can communicate with this particular
> > privacy advocate who insists upon using pgp2 out of distrust of "newer"
> > versions? Not only am I unable to get mutt to do what I want (after
> The precise set of options I use for generating encrypted messages that
> PGP2 will read is:
> gpg --no-options --batch --load-extension rsa --no-default-keyring
> --keyring [foo] --output - --quiet --always-trust --armor -r 0x[to
> keyfingerprint] --rfc1991 --load-extension idea --cipher-algo
> idea --encrypt foo.txt > output
Using that verbatim, substituting only for "foo.txt" and "output" and of course the two -r fields, I get the following: $ pgp outputfile Pretty Good Privacy(tm) 2.6.3ia - 1996-03-04 Current time: 1999/09/26 06:19 GMT File is encrypted. Secret key is required to read it. Unsupported packet format - you need a newer version of PGP for this file. Which shows me that the result is NOT readable by pgp2. Please try this on your own end Jason and you'll see what I mean. I am quite frustrated that nothing is working here. BTW, I also used the "--output - --quiet" you used, even though I wasn't sure the single-dash wasn't a typo. Oh, one other obvious substitution I made was changing "[foo]" to "~/.gnupg/pubring.gpg" of course. Please, someone, explain to me why I can not write this pgp2 user, no matter what I try.
> It is critical that you ecrypt a file given on the command line not using
> a pipe. GPG uses a different packet format that PGP 2.x will not read.
I did so, with the results (failure) you saw above.
> --keyring ~/.pgp/pubring.pgp --output - --quiet --always-trust --armor -r
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ You are using ancient-style keys then? What about those of us who use gpg-default style keys? (I dont use a .pgp/* or any *.pgp).
> gpg: 35261E21: no info to calculate a trust probability
Yes, I got similar to this myself, even though specifying always-trust, which surprised me.
> gpg: RSA keys are deprecated; please consider creating a new key and use
> this key in the future
I got this too.
> gpg: this cipher algorithm is depreciated; please use a more standard one!
^^^^^^^^^^^ Bug report, typo. s/depreciated/deprecated/ (Werner?) I got this as well. Note that pgp2 still says I need a "newer version" to read the resultant output file. --=20 Please encrypt all mail whenever possible. The following Public Keys for Lazarus Long <> are available upon request: Type Bits/KeyID Fingerprint (GnuPG (GPG) is preferred.) GPG/ELG: 2048g/DE3E078A 0023 E86F A45A C46D 8243 1A7F 6FF2 84C1 3F5B F7CD GPG/DSA: 1024D/3F5BF7CD (none for DSA keys) --6c2NcOVqGQ03X4Wi Content-Type: application/pgp-signature -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v1.0.0 (GNU/Linux) Comment: Now ready for primetime! iD8DBQE37b8cb/KEwT9b980RApTtAJ9h+e8Kr0EYuyMgRg5pPvRHEJp6/ACbBj5Y /Ii7l81+2CERK1SH1vy2yoQ= =XfAu -----END PGP SIGNATURE----- --6c2NcOVqGQ03X4Wi--