Using only one public key; no way to sign it
Wed Dec 5 22:19:01 2001
--trusted-key long key ID
Assume that the specified key (which must be
given as a full 8 byte key ID) is as trustworthy
as one of your own secret keys. This option
is useful if you don't want to keep your secret
keys (or one of them) online but still want to
be able to check the validity of a given recipient's
or signator's key.
Skip key validation and assume that used keys
are always fully trusted. You won't use this
unless you have installed some external validation
From: Clint (cpctc) [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, December 05, 2001 11:37 AM
Subject: Using only one public key; no way to sign it
I want to use gpg with only a single public key. I know the key is correct
and trusted and not compromised, but I can't find a way to tell gpg to trust
I don't have a private key to sign the public key with, and I don't think I
should need one.
I've found some relevent posts:
but nothing since then that's applicable.
Basically, I want to do the following, starting from a fresh installation of
gpg --import mypubkey.pgp
gpg --encrypt --recip "mypub" hello.txt
without any user prompts. The closest I've come is:
[c:\temp\gpg]gpg --encrypt --recip "mypub" --armor --quiet --batch --yes
gpg: abcd1234: no info to calculate a trust probability
gpg: no valid addressees
gpg: hello.txt: encryption failed: no such user id
If I take out the "--batch", I get a prompt:
Could not find a valid trust path to the key. Let's see whether we
can assign some missing owner trust values.
No path leading to one of our keys found.
It is NOT certain that the key belongs to its owner.
If you *really* know what you are doing, you may answer
the next question with yes
Use this key anyway?
I tried "--trusted-key", but it said:
gpg: key abcd1234: no public key for trusted key - skipped
so I don't understand what it's good for.
I'd like the "--strong-yes" or a "--force-trust-key", or a workaround that
does not require any console input... commands that can all be run
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