Any UNIX API for GPG available?

Brian Mearns mearns.b at
Wed Jun 24 17:06:59 CEST 2009

On Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 9:59 AM, Peter Pentchev<roam at> wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 02:21:29AM -0700, littleBrain wrote:
>> Does anyone have the UNIX API documentation for GPG?
>> Please reply to this thread. That would be very much helpful..
> What exactly are you looking for?
> If you want to encrypt, decrypt, sign, or verify OpenPGP messages
> from a program you are writing, and you want to use GnuPG for
> this, you may take a look at the "GnuPG Made Easy" library -
> Once you download and install it, there will be a file
> which you may examine through any texinfo browser, such as
> the "info" or "pinfo" command-line tools.
> If that's not what you mean by "UNIX API documentation for GPG",
> you'll have to explain a bit better what you are looking for :)
> Hope that helps.
> G'luck,
> Peter
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GPGME just invokes gnupg in a subshell, right? And parses the
response? Not that this won't work, it just seems so inelegant. Does
anyone know of efforts to right an actual free-software library that
implements OpenPGP?


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