Changing preferences

Robert J. Hansen rjh at
Thu Sep 18 12:00:42 CEST 2008

David Shaw wrote:
> The point of the list is to indicate the algorithm that the user
> prefers, in the order that the user prefers.

Right, but where is this preference actually used?  personal-*-prefs
seems to rule the roost.

Given how often this question ("why is it that updating my key prefs
doesn't change what ciphers I use?") appears on this and other lists,
it's a fair bet that it needs to be looked at again.  It seems to be one
of the most, if not the most, misunderstood feature in GnuPG.

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