# Trust

David Picon Alvarez eleuteri@myrealbox.com
Sat Apr 26 04:17:02 2003

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> gpg: checking at depth 0 signed=7 ot(-/q/n/m/f/u)=0/0/0/0/0/1
> gpg: checking at depth 1 signed=10 ot(-/q/n/m/f/u)=4/0/0/2/1/0

It doesn't have too much science (wonder if that's legal in English).

Depth is how far from the trust source the analysis is. For example, depth 0
applies to ultimately trusted keys, which are the primary sources of trust
in gpg. Depth one applies to keys signed by ultimately trusted, depth two by
those signed by depth 1, etc. Actually, this is a bit of a simplification,
but you get the idea.

The other kind of cryptic bit goes like this:
ot(-/q/n/m/f/u)=0/0/0/0/0/1
This is a summary of the trust (not validity) levels assigned. In this
particular case:
Ultimate trust 1, full trust 0, marginal trust 0, "no trust" 0, don't know
trust 0, uncalculated (IIRC the - means that) trust 0.
Note that this is quite necessary filled with zeroes except for the last
digit, since depth zero implies ultimate trust. From here, you can work it
out, I hope.

BTW, I haven't found this on the fine manual or on the fine source but just
used my powers of induction which are quite fallible, so maybe I have
misinterpreted the data.

- --David.

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