file types for textmode and armor
wk at gnupg.org
Thu Oct 14 18:33:33 CEST 2004
On Wed, 13 Oct 2004 23:36:21 +0200, Dirk Traulsen said:
> 1. --textmode specifies a file as textfile, so while decryption
> gpg can adjust the end-of-file characters fitting to the
> actual system.
> What kind of files are candidates for --textmode?
None. Better don't use it at all for plain files.
> 2. When sent per e-mail, what kind of files could need armoring?
> How are they specified?
Use PGP/MIME as specified in RFC3156
> 3. Does armoring a detached signature .sig file with
> "gpg -ba file" make sense?
Yes if you want to write some instructions into the file; they are not
protected by the signature but may give the user a hint waht this file
> 4. In the gpg man-page under EXAMPLES there is "gpg -sb file".
> Why is it not just "gpg -b file"? Is there a difference?
This is common to pgp 2 users.
> 5. Is there a place where I could find in-depth information
> about gpg? I read the man-page, the manual and what I could
> find on the net, but it is mostly for beginners.
> (Still thinking of myself as one, but trying to learn more...)
RFC2440 describes the protocol and thus many of gpg's fucntions.
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