gpg utils W9x vs. Linux
linux at codehelp.co.uk
Wed May 5 19:46:27 CEST 2004
On Tuesday 04 May 2004 2:05, Bill Turner wrote:
> Currently I have a P-300, 128MB, 6GB,
That doesn't leave you a lot of room - that's less than 3Gb each with swap?
Time for a second hard drive?
> and running W98SE and Vector Linux
> 3.2 in dual-boot. Right now I am still in the process of getting the
> Linux side all properly configured and for the moment am doing almost
> everything on the W9x side of things. I would like to change that.
> 1. Is there another util other than gpgshell which will run on both W9x
> and Linux? GPL would be best.
Mozilla and OpenOffice.org are fairly unique in running on multiple platforms,
most other programs don't. Doesn't look like gpgshell does either.
> 2. If not, can someone recommend a good 'general gnupg' util, with
> similar functionality to gpgshell, for the Linux side of the box?
So that's a GUI shell on top of GnuPG for Linux. That's OK, almost exactly the
same functionality as gpgshell comes as standard in KDE 3.2 using KGpg. You
need a fairly recent KDE though. KGpg is KDE only. KDE does not run on
Windows 95/98/NT or OS/2 (yet). To run KDE, you need to have a UNIX system.
There are other GUI frontends for Linux, see the gnupg documentation:
> Lastly, I intend to install Mozilla on the Linux side of the box in
> fairly short order. Does anyone know of a 'quick and mostly painless'
> way to 'import' the w9x settings, email, and so forth to the Linux side
> of the box?
Linux will normally mount the windows partition for you and Mozilla will
import it's own settings from the windows files. Make a note of where these
are stored on your windows system before you boot Linux.
The keys can be imported by GnuPG, using the appropriate --import and
--import-ownertrust commands. Make sure you use --export-secret-keys when
exporting or you'll lose the ability to sign, edit or decrypt. Then use
--export-ownertrust and redirect it to a file.
gpg --export-ownertrust > trustfile.gpg
Make sure you then test your gpg installation, make sure you can encrypt and
decrypt as well as sign and verify files, then delete the exported files -
you don't want your exported secret key file hanging around!
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