Syncing secring for mobile users

Anthony Papillion papillion at
Thu Oct 28 17:47:04 CEST 2010

On 10/28/2010 09:14 AM, Thomas Lecavelier wrote:
> Hi,
> I tried many times to use GPG on a day-to-day basis. It often starts very well: I sign every mail I sent, evangelis people asking about my strange signatures, etc. But there's a fact: I'm a computer scientist worker, so I work on many computers, but not at the same rate.
> Currently, I'm at work, setting up my iMac. So I download an exported secring from one of my personnal server. But I compare it to my keyring on my laptop, and even on my phone: they *all* diverge. I'm owned.
> Here my true question: what's your workflow to sync your keyring between multiple computers? I thought about having a ring for personnal usage, and a ring for pro usage, but I'm consulting both my personnal and private email on every computers. I can't think about a simple solution, so I'd be glad to have your thoughts about it :)

Hi Thomas,

What about storing your entire secring on a removable drive and simply
pointing gpg to that drive when you need to. If you're using more than
one computer I would assume there might be some times when others have
access to that machine so maybe storing your private key on a machine
might not be the best practice. A removable drive might be the answer
for you.

To answer your question, I've not gotten my workflow quite down yet
either. It's been about 10 years since I last had to use encryption
technology and even then it was on a single, secure, machine that I had
near total control over and there were protocols in place for accessing
it. So I'm coming at this, essentially, as a new user.

Right now, once a day, I export my entire secring to a thumb drive and
then import it to my other computers. This seems to have worked for the
most part, though there have been a few glitches. I'm still in the
market for something better but that is what works for me at the moment.


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