Question about group line use in GnuPG

Daniel Kahn Gillmor dkg at
Sun Feb 22 01:19:32 CET 2015

On Sat 2015-02-21 18:33:46 -0500, Anthony Papillion wrote:
> I belong to a mailing list (PGPNET, a Yahoo Group) that provides me with
> a "group line" for encrypting to a group of keys. In my gpg.conf file, I
> put something like:
> group mygroup at,key2,key
> Then, using Enigmail, I can encrypt to the entire group of keys by
> selecting it in the UI.
> However...
> The fact that gpg doesn't complain about the group line in the conf file
> means it must accept as a valid option. So why can I not use that group
> address when I am encrypting and signing from the terminal. I should be
> able to do something like:
> gpg -ear mygroup at filename
> But when I do that, gpg tells it has no key for that address. Why can't
> gpg understand and properly process my group line from the terminal? Is
> this anything that's planned for the future?

I believe it is supposed to do this already.  It works for me.

What version of GnuPG are you using?  On what platform?  can you share
the exact configuration and commands you're running?  It's hard to help
debug from just the example info you provide here.


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