mobile GPG installation

David Shaw
Sat May 10 05:22:01 2003

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On Sat, May 10, 2003 at 12:49:54AM +0200, Michael Nahrath wrote:

> Is there a way to make a fully running GPG-installation on a USB stick or
> some other removable medium? Simply plug in your stick and use the GPG
> application and your own keyrings from it directly, without any local
> installation or permanent changes required.

It's pretty easy to do this.  Just copy the 'gpg' binary plus the
.gnupg directory onto the removable storage.  When you want to use it,
insert the storage, and then you can run gpg directly from the
removable storage as:
   gpg --homedir (path_to_the_.gnupg_directory)

On Unix you can set the GNUPGHOME environment variable instead of
using --homedir, but that does not work on Windows.

Note that this isn't terribly secure - an untrusted computer can
easily have a program on it to snatch your keys.

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