windows binary for gnupg 1.4.11 // compilation instructions posted

vedaal at vedaal at
Wed Sep 21 02:12:06 CEST 2011

>Message: 8
>Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2011 13:28:34 -0400
>From: Avi < at>
>To: gnupg-users at

>What about us windows users who do not have GPG installed on our
>desktops, but our secure USB sticks. 1.4.11 works very nicely as
>a stand-alone (or in my case, with GPGShell). 

>However, I am not a real programmer, nor do I
play one on the radio (I just pretend to be one for the free
stuff 8-) ) and so while I probably could, if I had to, compile
from source using Cygwin or MingW, I'd feel safer if someone who
knew what they were doing did it.


1.4.11 when compiled from cygwin, works ok on windows, but only 
within cygwin.

It WON'T work on a flashdrive that's attached to any windows system 
where cygwin isn't installed, as it needs some cygwin-specific 

1.4.11 from mingw, will work anywhere, and is VERY EASY to compile 
from the posted instructions,

(I'm not a real programmer either, and only recently have been able 
to successfully do 'Hello World' from Python and Perl, and haven't 
graduated to C yet ;-))  )

(Compiling from mingw according to the posted instructions, is 
easier than setting up gpgshell on a flashdrive, which isn't that 
hard, and is something you have already done), 

so try it ;-).

There is a unique advantage to running gnupg from cygwin on 
windows, as it's the only way to make use of unix-like commands,
(cat, grep, printf, etc.) and pipe them to and from gnupg.

But, if you want a possibly 'more secure' flashdrive gnupg setup 
that lets you do everything, you can install ubuntu on a (big) usb 
drive, boot from the usb, and run gnupg from ubuntu.


Boot from an ubuntu pocket dvd, and keep your keys and stuff on the 
usb , and write (encrypt or decrypt) to the usb.

(and you don't have to compile anything ;-)  )


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