gpg key generation options

Charly Avital shavital at
Sun Nov 14 13:48:58 CET 2010

Francesco Savino wrote the following on 11/13/10 5:54 PM:
> I have installed gpg version 1.4.10 , the last I think.

The current release for GnuPG is 1.4.11, and 2.0.16 for gpg2.

But I believe 1.4.10 is fine too.

> My final problem is to get an explanation of fourth voice RSA and RSA
> , why I can't encrypt a file with a key pair generated with this option ?

In Terminal choice number (4) is:
Please select what kind of key you want:
   (1) RSA and RSA (default)
   (2) DSA and Elgamal
   (3) DSA (sign only)
   (4) RSA (sign only)

That is: "RSA (sign only). As its name indicates, it's only for signing,
you can't use it for encryption.

As for RSA and RSA choice number (1), I ran a test, and generated an RSA
keypair, that includes an Encryption subkey.

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