Creating a private/public key...
Tue, 12 Sep 2000 22:26:54 -0500 (CDT)
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Alex, at 18:45 -0400 on Tue, 12 Sep 2000, wrote:
> Secondly: I do email through a remote system. I prefer this because
> I am never in the same spot, so I cannot POP my email to any great
> amount of efficiency. I understand that perhaps using a remote system
> defeats the purpose of using GnuPG, however I still wish too.
This fine, as long as you are in control of the server, and you can
connect securely to it.
> My question is this: I've gotten GnuPG installed on my server, and
> am ready to start up. I've configured PINE to work with it and everything.
> However, I cannot create my keys (etc]$ gpg --gen-k) from remote.
Likely because you do not have enough entropy (randomness) in the system.
Make your computer work hard (e.g., "find /" ), and this will help during
key-generation. If you are using FreeBSD, look into rndcontrol.
> However, I have also downloaded GnuPG for Windows and have created a
> key for myself there. Can I use this key on my remote system? In
> the miniHOWTO page it tells me I can, however, I cannot figure out how.
You need to export your secret key from the windows machine, and then
import it into GnuPG.
> ps: How does one find out what their own public key is? I think that
> I am mussing a few of the basic idea's behind the system.
It might be good to read some of the documentation available at
http://www.pgpi.org/, specifically "How PGP works".
Frank Tobin http://www.uiuc.edu/~ftobin/
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