gpg: can't put a policy URL into v3 (PGP 2.x style) signature

John Clizbe JPClizbe at
Fri Apr 9 12:47:04 CEST 2004

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Atom 'Smasher' wrote:
> using a cleartext signature while attempting to include a policy URL or
> notation data gives me these errors:
> 	gpg: can't put a policy URL into v3 (PGP 2.x style) signature
> and
> 	gpg: can't put notation data into v3 (PGP 2.x style) signatures
> i'm surprised to see this limitation... is that correct?
> i don't see where rfc 2440 prohibits this...

RFC 2440 prohibiting their use probably isn't the issue. RFC 2440 dates
from Nov. 1998.

The first PGP version after that would have been PGP 6.0. That would be
the earliest that support for RFC 2440 features could or should be expected.

One cannot realisticly expect full 2440 behavior with software as old as
PGP 2.x. Nor should those features be expected to be included or to work
in a 2.x compatibility mode.

This is a case of GnuPG protecting you from yourself.

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