FAQ maintenance

Peter Lebbing peter at digitalbrains.com
Fri Feb 5 12:23:05 CET 2016

On 03/02/16 21:12, Robert J. Hansen wrote:
> Beyond that, if there's anything
> you've always thought the FAQ should mention, now's a great time to
> suggest it.  :)

I just notice section 8.19. It says to verify a download:

> gpg foo.zip.asc

As became clear in this[1] discussion, you should always specify the file to be
verified, as in "gpg foo.zip.asc foo.zip".

Section 8.20 supposes GnuPG <2.1, by the way, since it plays around with the
fact that --export uses the same format as a keyring. I think it should be
rephrased to use --import instead of using the output of --export as a keyring.

Furthermore, I think a reasonably often asked question is "Why can't I provide
the password in a pipe to GnuPG anymore?". Old 1.4 allowed this, but 2.0 is
incapable of it and 2.1 needs a loopback pinentry. But of course, the answer
could instead say that it is very unlikely that it is more secure than just not
using a passphrase.

I don't have time right now to actually supply the text to use for these things,



[1] https://lists.gnupg.org/pipermail/gnupg-users/2014-November/051333.html

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