How to generate old-style signatures?

David Shaw dshaw at
Tue Aug 31 02:02:16 CEST 2004

On Mon, Aug 30, 2004 at 06:23:50PM -0400, Hasnain Mujtaba wrote:
> Hi all,
> How can I use GPG to create old-style signatures, ie. [SignaturePacket,
> LiteralData]. I would like to turn off the default generation of
> OnePassSignatures.

You can't.  GnuPG will understand old-style signatures but will not
generate them.

If you really must generate old signatures, there is a trick using
detached signatures and gpgsplit to assemble such a message by hand at  See "Signing and encrypting a
document for a PGP 2.x user".

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