Problems attemoting to use GPG with a USB watch

Eric S. Raymond esr at
Tue Jan 4 17:16:48 CET 2005

David Champion <dgc at>:
> My USB drive has statically-linked gpg executables for several platforms
> on it, and multiple keyrings. (That's where "somewhat more complicated"
> comes in; there's a shell script driver that accumulates options and
> backends and such.) One goal of this arrangement is that I can perform
> certain tasks on marginally-trusted systems outside my governance. Using
> a broadly-available filesystem helps assure that remains an option, so
> that I can consider whether it's wise independently of whether it's
> possible. :)

Is it possible to use USB mass storage as a boot device?  If so, it seems
to me that putting some kind of BusyBox-based microdistribution on it
could serve the same purpose.
		<a href="">Eric S. Raymond</a>

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