Detection of sign-only vs. sign-and-encrypt keys

Stoyan Dimitrov stoyan at
Wed Jun 23 08:49:34 CEST 2004

As far as I can remember in man pages there's no such thinkg like 
encrypting RSA keys. And generating of keys of that type is "certain 
potentially incompatible" 
( So in general it 
is not needed to distinguish RSA keytypes.

Atom 'Smasher' wrote:
> On Tue, 22 Jun 2004, Stoyan Dimitrov wrote:
>>> when you type:
>>> gpg --list-keys
>>> look in the input after the type of the key (pub|sup) is the length of 
>>> the key folowed by a single letter (for example '1024g') this letter 
>>> tells you what is the what kind exactly is the key.
>>> read this:
> ===================
> that alone won't distinguish a sign-only RSA key, an encrypt-only RSA 
> key or a sign+encrypt RSA key.... in all cases the key type is "R".
>      ...atom
>  _________________________________________
>  PGP key -
>  762A 3B98 A3C3 96C9 C6B7 582A B88D 52E4 D9F5 7808
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Best Regards,
Stoyan Dimitrov

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