New getkey.c code (was: Warning message with 1.0.4f)

Werner Koch
Sun Apr 1 13:05:02 2001

On Sat, 31 Mar 2001, Brian Galbraith wrote:

> Apologies.....but would you mind explaining the advantages of the new
> code?
The new code in getkey.c solves a couple of problems: * Key and user ID expiration or revocation does now work correct. * There is a way to figure out the "primary" User ID. * GnuPG select the appropriate subkey in case you have several of them * Key flags (at leats needed for RSA keys) are supported. * Probably more things I can't remember right now. It does now only use the public key for selection because: * Nearly all information in the secret key is a duplicate of the public key. * It is very difficult to keep public and secret key syncronized. * It prepares a way to replace the secret keyring with a simpler mechanism, i.e. just store the really secret information * The code complexity is reduced because there are less syncronization issues and no need to duplicate a lot of code for public key and secret key usage. BTW, be warned that in future you won't be able to just copy pubring.gpg - instead you have to use the --export and --import commands. Ciao, Werner -- Werner Koch Omnis enim res, quae dando non deficit, dum habetur g10 Code et non datur, nondum habetur, quomodo habenda est. Privacy Solutions -- Augustinus