gpg: Go ahead and type your message

Ryan Sawhill ryan at
Mon Sep 23 15:34:48 CEST 2013

Also Len: if you're looking for a Linux gpg gui to do these kinds of
things, I would recommend Pyrite (
I'm partial of course, since I wrote it.

On Mon, Sep 23, 2013 at 9:31 AM, Ryan Sawhill <ryan at> wrote:
> Robert is correct that the usual way people run gpg is by passing it
> input via a pipe or from a file; however, what you're aiming for is
> totally doable. The missing piece you need is the keyboard shortcut:
> Ctrl-d, e.g.:
> [rsaw:~]$ gpg -ac
> Enter passphrase:
> Repeat passphrase:
> Here is where I started typing my message...
> Woooo!
> <I pressed Ctrl-d here>
> Version: GnuPG v1.4.14 (GNU/Linux)
> jA0ECQMImb+Sa0FjCzRg0lABQKbzLKTEWfsbpSQHdaxF78Rxsbas3efTDRHcVIKq
> 87YFppU4nkhsmB0DUD6cv3ILLF20KTx3/azi0+mJhWfnPdt8t41MFI2NjVTSwThM
> wQ==
> =BsPC
> -----END PGP MESSAGE-----
> [rsaw:~]$
> On Sun, Sep 22, 2013 at 10:57 AM, Len Cooley <len.cooley at> wrote:
>> I'm sure this has been a topic of inquiry many times, but I can't seem to
>> find useful information about it. I haven't used gpg command line for a long
>> time (I actually haven't used gpg much at all in the past few years, as I've
>> had a Windows machine, and I just don't trust the OS), but I have gpg on my
>> android phone. It utilizes the terminal. When I type in gpg (return) I get
>> the message that I placed in the subject line. I'm not really sure what I do
>> at that point. If I use Ctrl C, the program terminates. If I hit CtrlZ, I
>> think it suspends the program (but I'm not sure).
>> Would/could I use this area to type a text message that I would then,
>> subsequently, encrypt/sign/save? If so, where could I find a set of basic
>> commands to use with this (what appears to be) text editor?
>> If this isn't what it's intended for, what's it for? Thanks for bearing with
>> me.
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