Windows editor destroys gpg.conf

Jerry jerry at
Wed Jan 15 14:33:11 CET 2014

On Wed, 15 Jan 2014 14:02:12 +0100, Hauke Laging stated:

> Hello,
> when I help Windows users create keys then my script converts the
> Linux version of gpg.conf (after some editing) to the Windows line
> endings. This works.
> But if I edit the file with the Windows editor (unfortunately I have 
> forgotten the Windows version) then gpg crashes with an error message 
> like "error in gpg.conf:1". I have experienced that several times in
> the past already.
> Unfortunately I both don't have Windows at home and have forgotten to 
> make a copy of the damaged file so that I cannot have a look at it.
> A wild guess is that the editor adds a UTF-8 BOM at the beginning of
> the file (but that wouldn't affect XP, would it?).
> Two concerns:
> 1) Does anyone know what the problem is and/or whether I can avoid it
> by using another program which is part of Windows (or widely used)?
> 2) Would it make sense to make gpg work with such config files...? 8-)

Personally, I use "PSPad" to edit files from different OSs on a Window's
machine. <>. It can save in several different
formats and styles. Plus, it is free.


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