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

Stoyan Dimitrov stoyan at
Wed Jun 23 09:37:37 CEST 2004

I'm not telling that gpg can not handle RSA keys I'm telling that using
a RSA encrypting keys is deprecated.

Atom 'Smasher' wrote:

 > On Wed, 23 Jun 2004, Stoyan Dimitrov wrote:
 >>> 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.
 > ======================
 > i'm not sure about the man page, but gpg *does* handle RSA keys in
 > sign-only, encrypt-only and sign+encrypt variations.
 > in the output from --list-keys, all of them are noted as "R".
 > actually... AFAIK, the RSA keys are technically the same for all 3 of
 > the different uses; only the flags on the key specify how it is to be 
 >     ...atom
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Best Regards,
Stoyan Dimitrov

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