way to see what cipher/algo was used to create your key?

Sam Smith smickson at hotmail.com
Tue Jun 19 01:30:44 CEST 2012

Does anybody know a way to learn what cipher & hash was used to create the secret key? 

Also, does anyone know a way to make AES256 & SHA256 the default cipher/hash combo for --symmetric encryption? I can create these using --cipher-algo etc but is there a way to make them default for if I use this command: gpg -a -o file-encrypted -c file

From: smickson at hotmail.com
To: gnupg-users at gnupg.org
Subject: way to see what cipher/algo was used to create your key?
Date: Sun, 17 Jun 2012 09:16:46 -0400

I see that --edit-key > pref lists out preferences. I'm assuming the first S is default cipher, first H is default algo, etc? so if a key is generated it will use the first S, first H, etc. But why are all those other S and H options listed? when would they ever be used to create keys?

Lastly, if you created your key some time ago (on a different machine) and don't know what the default cipher/hash was at the time, is there a way to find out what cipher and hash was used in the creation of your key?

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