gpg - what are the strange characters ?

Daniel Kahn Gillmor dkg at
Fri Jul 31 02:50:53 CEST 2009

Hi Alain--

On 07/29/2009 05:27 AM, Alain Williams wrote:
> I have been generating GPG keys, when it does it GPG prints out strings of '+.-<>' (see below).
> What are these characters, I can see that it is trying to show progress, but what do
> the different characters mean ?
> I did have a look at the source.

You can find some documentation of the intended significance of this
output in the file named DETAILS.  look for the section called "Key



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