Questions about "--group" for group encryptions.

Doug Barton dougb at
Sat Feb 20 06:45:58 CET 2010

On 02/19/10 18:53, Zy Zylek wrote:
> I'm looking for a way to include a group of people in gpg file
> encryption/decryption (not email-based, just gpg encrypted files)
> without having to incorporate individual names, yet also such that more
> people can be added to the group in the future and that they will be
> able to access previously encrypted files because they joined the group
> after the old files were encrypted.

I'm pretty sure that what you want to accomplish can't be done the way
you're describing it, but let's take a step back and work on the
description of the problem a bit more.

I think I understand what you've described above as far as it goes, but
how about a little more detail? Are you working with one file, or a lot
of files? Will the set of files be static, or at some future time might
more files be added to the list of things that the users will need to
access? Will the users be given copies of the encrypted files?

The reason for all these questions is that different solutions may be
possible based on the answers to them.

hope this helps,



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