cipher used when both --encrypt and --symmetric is specified

Martin Ilchev martini5468 at
Mon Feb 29 15:26:49 CET 2016

Hi Peter,

Thanks for the advice. I will have a look at the mailing list. For now I am
happy that I have a working solution.

Thank you and Vedaal for the help.


On Mon, 29 Feb 2016 at 11:12 Peter Lebbing <peter at> wrote:

> On 29/02/16 11:51, Martin Ilchev wrote:
> > So CAST5 is the preferred cipher for secret keys and is also the default
> > for symmetric. On the other hand using --personal-cipher-preferences
> > does not seem to apply to symmetric + public encryption. Is this by
> design?
> For me, GnuPG 1.4 behaves as you indicate, which is counterintuitive,
> especially given the text in the man page. But GnuPG 2.1 correctly gives
> me the preferred algo from the intersection of
> --personal-cipher-preferences and key prefs. It's a bit difficult for me
> to test GnuPG 2.0 at the moment. I should do something about that.
> I faintly recall some discussion about this, but that's it, I don't
> remember more than that. You could try a search on this mailing list.
> HTH,
> Peter.
> --
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