installing version 2.1.4 in Debian 8.0 (Jessie)

Peter Lebbing peter at
Wed May 27 12:03:00 CEST 2015

On 27/05/15 06:22, Rex Kneisley wrote:
> As a follow up. Since, version 1.4 is also installed, my assumption
> is that using "gpg" on the command line invokes 1.4, and using "gpg2"
> on the command line invokes 2.x. Is my assumption correct?


> If so, is there any way to make the command "gpg" invoke version 2.x?
> It is a bit tedious to add the 2 on every command to ensure I am
> invoking version 2.x

I wouldn't recommend it, since you might change it for scripts and
programs as well as for yourself, and the programs will expect GnuPG
1.4. It might in some cases matter.

If you find adding the 2 tedious, you could make a symlink titled "g" or
"gp"... that way, you save a letter instead of having to type one extra,
and there is no chance that any script or program that executes "gpg"
expecting 1.4 will accidentally pick your symlink.

And the safest place anyway for such a symlink would be in $HOME/bin,
since this will keep it out of sight of programs that just use the
system-wide $PATH.

$ cd
$ mkdir bin
$ cd bin
$ ln -s /usr/bin/gpg2 gp

I think your .profile likely already contains the following:

# set PATH so it includes user's private bin if it exists
if [ -d "$HOME/bin" ] ; then

And in that case, you need to log out and log back in and the directory
will be added to your $PATH. Under X, you probably need to log out of
the whole X session, not just start a new terminal.

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