GnuPG for Win (XP) Installation
JPClizbe at comcast.net
Sun Jan 9 12:24:18 CET 2005
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Sean C. C. wrote:
> I downloaded the gnupg for windows freeware. But am a little confused
> about the installation process. I have PGP installed also, but plan on
> uninstalling it. I don't know if that affects GPG and its installation
> at all.
Since you're using Thunderbird and inquirying about GnuPG, I'll make the
short leap-of-faith that you're also wanting to use Enigmail. More about
that a bit later...
There is no need to uninstall PGP. GnuPG and PGP coexist rather well. You
can also share the same keyring files. I use the PGPkeys GUI to manipulate
my keys and then GnUPG+Enigmail to sign and/or encrypt.
> Anyways, I downloaded the zip and sig. The sig I ended up doing nothing
> with. I extracted the zip and according to the readme.w32 file copied
> the exe's to directory c:\gnupg. I also double-clicked on the .reg file
> to add those keys to my registry. I'm not sure what else I need to do.
> When I try to use the enigmail plugin for Thunderbird 1.0 it tells me
> that gpg can't find 'iconv.dll'. It was not included in the .zip file
> and the readme.w32 does not mention it at all.
The .sig is for verifying you have an uncorrupt/unaltered download. Bit of
a catch-22 for a new install.
You may wish to checkout the GnuPG install and config page for Enigmail at
http://enigmail.mozdev.org/gpgconf.html. It was written by a couple of the
Enigmail team experienced at answering the "HELP!!!!" questions from
Windows users. It was written from the viewpoint of installing GnuPG in
the most multi-user manner and follows most current Windows file location
(ObDisclaimer: I am biased - I co-wrote it with Barry Porter.)
What you have already will most likely work, so don't start over unless
you feel compelled.
iconv.dll - covered on gpgconf page above. Download
iconv.dll to same directory with GnuPG executables. Warning will go away.
> In fact, the doesn't explicitly say to move any files to the C:\gnupg
> directory only to create it (or another directory of my choosing) and
> create the registry keys. Since I followed the instructions I'm
> *assuming* that the included registry keys should work. For what I'm not
> sure. Then to enter gpg and see what happens. Well, it would appear that
> when I did that from "my documents" it created public and secret
> keyrings in the c:\gnupg folder.
The registry keys control where GnuPG looks for some of its files.
The HomeDir registry key controls where GnuPG looks for/writes keyring
files (This is not 100% the case, but it'll do for 99.9% of the cases).
In your case C:\GnuPG.
The default location of the translation files (*.mo) would be
C:\GnuPG\Locale in this case.
> Below is what happens when I try to create a key:
No real need to create a new keypair, unless you want the practice. Your
old PGP keypair will work.
Once Gnupg is working well enough that 'gpg --version' works,
0) Open a DOS Window (run CMD.EXE)
1) cd to the directotory where your PGP keyrings (pubring.pkr &
2) Import your PGP keys to GnuPG:
gpg --import secring.skr
gpg --import pubring.pkr
3) You'll need to go in and assign "ultimate" trust to each public/Secret
keypair - this is analogous to PGP's implied trust key setting.
gpg --edit 0xDecafBad trust <-- replace DecafBad with the keyID
of each keypair
5 <-- for Ultimate
y <-- yes you REALLY want to do this
save <-- to save and exit
The Enigmail mailing list/newsgroup is a good resource for any additional
questions that may arise. The Yahoo! PGP-Basics group can help you with
getting GnuPG & PGP to coexist.
John P. Clizbe Inet: John (a) Mozilla-Enigmail.org
Golden Bear Networks PGP/GPG KeyID: 0x608D2A10
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- Margaret Cho
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