Standard gnupg folder created despite --homedir parameter
caro at nymph.paranoici.org
Tue Aug 9 02:37:09 CEST 2016
Sinclair Andersen <sinclair.andersen at usabilitypartners.se> wrote:
>> From: Carola Grunwald <caro at nymph.paranoici.org>
>> Subject: Standard gnupg folder created despite --homedir parameter
>> Migrating a Windows encryption tool from 1.4.20 I need help with GnuPG
>> Though using the --homedir parameter, with certain gpg commands a gnupg
>> folder is created in %APPDATA% (C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Roaming). Is
>> there a reason for having that folder or is it just a bug? Any chance
>> to avoid that?
>> I'm addressing this rather unimportant 'feature' 'cause I'm maintaining
>> a portable application and don't want the host system to be altered in
>> any way.
>I'm afraid I don't have a solution for you, but since I have been looking for precisely the same myself for over a year now, I thought I reply anyway.
>I run GnuPG 1.4.20 from inside a Veracrypt volume together with a number other portable apps, like Pidgin, Thunderbird, that is stored and back uped on a couple of thumbdrives and other media.
>I do this by having created a start.bat file that I start GnuPG from:
> set GNUPGHOME=.
>Feeling that it is only a matter of time before one must leave 1.4.x behind (a feeling, mind you, maybe it will outlive some of us), I have been looking for a way to run at least version 2.0.30 from inside a Veracrypt volume and, as you say "don't want the host system to be altered in any way."
>If by any chance someone on this list has an answer to this, someone mails you or you find a solution, I'd be more than happy if you'd share. If that happens to me, I be sure to do the same.
I'm sure the GPG devel team has an understanding of the implications for
people in an authoritarian society being compromised by such needless
data residues of their purportedly hidden correspondence.
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