GnuPG 2.1 beta 3 released

Nicholas Cole nicholas.cole at
Sun Dec 25 19:00:58 CET 2011

On Friday, December 23, 2011, Werner Koch <wk at> wrote:
> On Fri, 23 Dec 2011 19:29, nicholas.cole at said:
>> How will this interact with the --homedir option?  Will --homedir be
>> passed to gpg-agent or are the two entirely separate?
> No it won't.  The gpg-agent has its own --homedir option which allows to
> have a flexible configuration.  By design the gpg-agent may even running
> on a different box.  However that is currently not supported.
>> I ask because at the moment it is possible to keep separate keyrings
>> in different home directories, which might be useful to (for example)
>> keep the large debian keyrings separate from personal keys, or to keep
>> a set of keys for testing purposes separate from production keys.
> gpg --homedir is still used of the public keyrings.

Dear Werner,

It would be very good if there were still a way to completely 'sandox' (for
want of a better term) an instance of gpg, so that it uses its own key
rings and trust databases.  I certainly find that for testing purposes it
is very useful indeed.  On previous versions --homedir does this nicely.

I presume the new way will be to make sure that a separate copy of
gpg-agent is running and to pass in GPG_AGENT_INFO as an environment
variable, as well as specifying a --homedir.

Or will there be a better way?

Best wishes,

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