Re: Is there a “ground-up” explanation of PGP/GnuPG?

Scott Lambdin lopaki at
Wed Nov 30 19:57:25 CET 2016

Hi -

I liked The Code Book, by Simon Singh as a good start.  It covers various
(very various) code topics but it describes the PGP basics in plain talk.
And now I know how an enigma machine works.

On Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 11:33 AM, Chris <k at> wrote:

> I have asked this on HN[1] as well as Reddit[2] too, but I realised you
> people might be a better audience for the question! (...And it gives me
> a good excuse to subscribe to my first mailing list!) Question below:
> Understanding how git works internally "from the ground up" has been
> incredibly helpful in my everyday work; things like blobs, commit
> objects, hashes and how they connect to form the git experience as I
> know it. Where I had been cargo-culting along previously, it all became
> clear once I understood the fundamental model of what was going on
> underneath the interface.
> I feel like the same thing could apply to PGP/GnuPG. I am cargo culting
> my way along but I feel like I would feel much, much, much more
> comfortable if I knew how it worked from the ground up.
> I have loose ideas of asymmetric cryptography and trust circles and
> such, but nothing concrete to hinge my actions upon, so I mostly try
> different permutations of command line arguments until GPG appears to do
> what I want it to do.
> Is there a "from the ground up" good guide to PGP that allows me to
> break out of this pattern?
> [1]:
> [2]:
> crosspost_from_hn_is_there_a_groundup_explanation/
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