Documentation defects (was Re: conventional encryption with passphrase remaining blank?)
Tue Nov 12 05:04:01 2002
* David Shaw <firstname.lastname@example.org> [2002-11-11 12:49]:
> Why encrypt at all? "gpg --sign file" outputs the original file and a
> signature together in one file.
Hey that seems to work.. I've always had the same question myself.
I noticed something strange.. the --verify switch will not seperate
the data from the sig when it comes time to make use of the data. I
had to use the --decrypt switch, which is awkward because the file
really is not encrypted in the first place. It's probably just the
data and the sig zipped together. I would say if this is a feature,
then the documentation should be modified to indicate that the switch
decrypts or uncompresses.
Also, I noticed the man page specifies the syntax as follows:
gpg [--homedir name] [--options file] [options] command [args]
It then lists available commands and options, but no BNF for [args].
My understanding of args is that it specifies the file to be worked
on.. however, args is plural, so does this mean we can list multiple
The --homedir and --options switches are documented under options, so
they should not be listed at this top level. Technically, I could
specify each of those options twice according to the way it's