Changing preferences

David Shaw dshaw at
Tue Sep 23 23:27:06 CEST 2008

On Tue, Sep 23, 2008 at 05:16:52PM -0400, John W. Moore III wrote:
> David Shaw wrote:
> > This means that GPG will now
> > allow the various recipient keys to "vote" on which algorithm is
> > chosen, and the most-preferred one will be chosen.  It doesn't really
> > change much that is visible in practice, but it does mean that if you
> > have a bunch of recipients that all list a particular algorithm
> > somewhere, and most of them have it as their first choice, you'll
> > probably end up using it.
> <SIGH>  So, nothing changes until a Key is 'refreshed' on individual
> Keyrings?
> The fact of the matter is that unless someone has a current Key with
> preferences then the existing Key will be the one that is used.

Huh?  You don't have preferences now, but will add some for this
feature?  Unless you generated your key with PGP 2.6 umpteen years
ago, you have preferences.

GPG can't magically infer what algorithms you want.  If it isn't on
the preference list, GPG won't use it.  All this new feature does is
try and be a bit more graceful with which algorithm it picks from the


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