Quick --sign question

Gonzalo Bermúdez gonzalo.bermudez at fibertel.com.ar
Fri Jun 23 00:44:16 CEST 2006

On Thu, 22 Jun 2006 16:41:00 -0400
Gentoo-Wally <gentoowally at gmail.com> wrote:

> If you sign a file using --sign
> gpg --output doc.sig --sign doc
> the docs say....
> http://www.gnupg.org/gph/en/manual.html#AEN136
> "The document is compressed before being signed, and the output is in
> binary format."
> This means that the output file doc.sig is compressed and signed.
> This does _NOT_ mean it is encrypted...correct? --sign does not sign
> and encrypt, right?

That is correct. In order to encrypt you should use --encrypt or

> Also, what is the compression method?

The compression methods available can be seen with gpg --version:

Compression: Uncompressed, ZIP, ZLIB, BZIP2

and the one actually used depends on the key's preferences and your gpg
capabilities if I'm not mistaken.

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