Windoze PGP Compatability

Johnston, Sam
Mon, 24 Apr 2000 01:33:49 +1000

Hello all,

Thanks to those who responded - especially those who replied within minutes!

It appears the simplest way around the problem (the problem being I want to
use PGP in Windoze and GPG in Unix for now) is to generate my keys in PGP
and import them into GPG.

This is apparantly because GPG stores its keys using Blowfish. I would have
thought it could have been more friendly than that, but I suspect it is more
PGP being broken than GPG :)


-----Original Message-----
From: Frank Tobin []
Sent: Sunday, 23 April 2000 4:48
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Cc: Johnston, Sam
Subject: Re: Windoze PGP Compatability

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Johnston, Sam, at 20:13 +1000 on Sat, 22 Apr 2000, wrote:

> gpg --export-secret-keys --armor -o somefile.asc
> and then try to import them with PGPkeys I get errors about not containing
> any valid PGP keys.
The problem I would guess, is that the default symmetric algorithm used to encrypt GnuPG secret keys is Blowfish, which is not supported by PGP. I don't know how you could go about resolving this issue; that is, I don't know how you could get GnuPG to change the algorithm used to encrypt an already-created secret key. There is an option "s2k-cipher-algo", but according to the documentation in the manpage, is not clear that this may have any effect while not generating a key. - -- Frank Tobin "To learn what is good and what is to be valued, those truths which cannot be shaken or changed." Myst: The Book of Atrus -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v1.0.1 (FreeBSD) Comment: pgpenvelope - iEYEARECAAYFAjkB89gACgkQVv/RCiYMT6Ol7QCdGMUmAV+7PDXakh2+mVtdmmUq +4IAn1n7jV60tCnq0s4eJ/1y03r0Kzhj =WI7j -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----