blueness at gmx.net
Wed Sep 14 13:33:35 CEST 2005
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Was Wed, 14 Sep 2005, at 10:42:10 +0100,
when Bob wrote:
> I can't find anything in the man page about key import file formats.
> Other than ascii files, can GnuPG import any other file formats and if
> so what?
Every file containing a valid key data can be imported by GnuPG,
regardless the file extension and the file format.
As I know there are only two formats: ascii ("armored"), which is
actually a plain text format, and the binary format (the one not very
readable by a human).
GnuPG (as a genuinely *nix application) reads and recognizes actually
the file format primarily and doesn't pay attention at its "extension"
(as is the case with Windows).
Usually, extensions for these formats are:
.sec .sig etc.
GnuPG also can read (import) properly even if a file has no any
extension, and/or if a file has _any_ extension, even mangled one or
completely arbitrary one.
It will, for instance, properly import a valid key data even if a file
is with extension key.jpg (mangled extension), key (no extension) and
key.fricassee (arbitrary extension).
(PGP, though, as an exclusively Windows application, will be deluded by
such extensions, and will say it doesn't recognize the file format, even
without reading it, so that will import nothing.)
PGP keys nestled at: http://bardo.port5.com/pgpkeys/
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