Forgot my passphrase.

Joseph Bruni
Mon May 26 06:32:08 2003

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It would keep a copy of the secret key with the old passphrase, but you 
can store the file anywhere you want. Removable media makes sense for 
this as well. It all really depends on how secure your system is, or 
how secure the removable medium is.

The RCS commands of interest are "ci" and "co". See the man pages for 
details. Notably, "rcsintro(1)" is probably a good place to start. You 
can also use the "rcs" command along with "ci" and "co" for some 
additional features, (such as location of repository).

If the removable medium is secure, then maybe it would make sense to 
put an unencrypted secret key on it? That's up to you to decide, but at 
least then you'd never have to worry about losing your passphrase.

On Sunday, May 25, 2003, at 08:06  PM, Daniel Carrera wrote:

> On Sun, May 25, 2003 at 07:57:26PM -0700, Joseph Bruni wrote:
>> Daniel,
>> If you are on a Unix system, it might make sense to do an in-place
>> backup using something like RCS. This would simply check-in a revision
>> of the key ring files into a revision controlled ",v" file. You could
>> keep it in your ~/.gnupg directory as a matter of convenience. 
>> Revision
>> control is not just for software development.
>> Joe
> Yes, I'm on Unix.  I'm not really familiar with revision control.  At
> least, not beyond using CVS a few times.
> Tell me if I understand RCS correctly:
> RCS would keep track of all changes made over a period of time.  So I
> could bring my keyring back to a previous keyring with the old 
> password.
> Did I get it right?
> In that case, doesn't that miss the point of changing the passphrase?
> Since my hard drive would still contain a copy of my keyring with the 
> old
> passphrase.
> Or... can I use RCS along with some removable media?
> Where can I learn about RCS?
> Thanks a lot.
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