GPG equivalent of PGP's --group option?

David Shaw dshaw at
Wed Aug 4 21:17:00 CEST 2004

On Wed, Aug 04, 2004 at 12:45:05PM -0500, Kerry Walker wrote:
> I use PGP to encrypt data for sending to various end users by
> encrypting files using their public key they have provided.  To make
> it possible for me to associate their key with a meaningful user_id
> , I use the PGP --group-add option to create a group name containing
> a meaninful user_id and then add their public key to the group.
> Now, I can call --encrypt with the meaningful user_id, instad of
> having to use the actual key id.  I'm looking for a similar "alias"
> functionality in GPG but I can't find anything that works quite like
> that.  The adduid command requires that I have the private key also
> that goes with the public key I want to associate with a meaningful
> user_id.
> Does anyone know of a solution that is part of the GPG
> functionality?

Yes, there is a --group command.  Stick in your gpg.conf file:

group name_you_want_to_use = keyid1 keyid2 keyid3 keyid4


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