Where to save passphrases?

Mathias Bauer mbauer at mailbox.org
Sat Jul 26 09:28:49 CEST 2014

* Sudhir Khanger wrote on Sat, 26 Jul 2014, at 12:29 (+0530):

> On Sat, Jul 26, 2014 at 3:06 AM, Mathias Bauer <mbauer at mailbox.org> wrote:

> > Usually it's *one* passphrase for the whole GnuPG key
> > material.
> Do you not need to set different passphrase for each subkey?

No, usually not.  If you generate a key using some GUI or if you
are working on some terminal and use the command

  $ gpg --gen-key

you will be asked for one passphrase only.  Although this will
create a main key and a subkey.

There are more sophisticated scenarios which may use multiple
passphrases.  For example, if you want to use a so called
"offline key", you will have at least two passphrases: one for
your offline key and one for your "daily working key".


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