gpg vs gpgv default keyring directory...

Bob Avery-Babel Bob at
Wed Dec 3 05:46:57 CET 2003

Thanks for the help so far. I did some further searching on this list and others. Here is one answer I found to my question of the difference between gpg and gpgv:

"GPG works fine, but GPGV is unusable! I cannot make it find my keyring when verifying signatures and thus I get an errormessage.

It works OK verifying the signatures with GPG instead.
Why does not GPGV use the same settings as used by GPG?"

"gpgv uses a different trust model and stores its keys in a separate
file under a different name."

So if my goal is to only every verify files and not ever encrypt anything I would stick with the gpgv tool? 

If my goal is to be able to both verify files and encrypt files I would go with the more robust tool of gpg?

For a moment I thought the two tools were related, but they appear to be two different tools that store the keys in two different places, and they are not really compatible with each other.

Does all this sound right? I'm just trying to puzzle this out. Thanks for the help. 


---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: David Shaw <dshaw at>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2003 11:07:28 -0500

>On Tue, Dec 02, 2003 at 09:33:41AM +0100, Thomas Arend wrote:
>> I observed that gpgv does not work all the time. Got unexpected data
>> errors with encrypted files.
> $ apropos gpgv
> gpgv                 (1)  - signature verification tool
>Don't give it encrypted files. ;)
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