How can we utilize latest GPG from RPM repository?

Peter Lebbing peter at
Sun Feb 18 11:33:10 CET 2018

On 18/02/18 00:06, helices wrote:
> I will probably never understand why wanting to run the most current
> version of gnupg on a plethora of servers is controversial.

I don't think it is. I'm sorry your question didn't get answered
satisfactorily; that's just how things can go on community mailing lists.

I appreciate your well-formulated arguments for running GnuPG v.2.2.

> However, let it be said here and now, if the gnupg community wants the
> use of gnupg to spread far further than a clique of geeks, making its
> use easier for non-geeks is probably the simplest and most direct way.

I really don't think that it is the task for any upstream to provide
packages for distributions. That truly is what the distributions
themselves are for. For some upstreams it might make sense to provide
their own packages for certain distributions, but I think it's more the
exception that the norm.

> Are there any other questions before I get a direct answer to my
> original subject question?

Since nobody answered with "Oh yeah I happen to package it myself, if
you trust me, you can get it here" or "Oh yeah I know of this person who
packages them", etcetera, my guess is that nobody knows of such a
packaging effort. It's hard to answer affirmatively if you don't know
the affirmative answer :-).

Can I point out that even though you did not like Jeffrey Lightner's
response, Dirk Gottschalk and Konstantin Ryabitsev also replied? If you
could indeed just recompile the Fedora packages, that seems like a
pretty direct route. You do become responsible for updates and "security
support" yourself (in what sense is it still support if you do it
yourself, but hey).

And I wonder if perhaps your interpretation of Jeffrey Lightner's words
was a bit more abrasive than he intended them to be when he wrote those
words, but that is something only Jeffrey Lightner himself can
definitively answer.

Back to the matter at hand. Is it possible for CentOS to provide newer
packages than RHEL? I surmise RHEL will probably not listen to you
unless you get a paid support contract. If CentOS cannot significantly
deviate from RHEL, there doesn't seem to be a gratis way to influence
package versions for CentOS, right? You're dependent on someone
providing packages outside of the distribution proper.

Note, by the way, that interoperability between GnuPG 1.4 and 2.1/2.2 is
not that great, and that often distributions rely on GnuPG in their
internals, meaning there might not be a way to remove GnuPG 1.4 from a
system. It's why Debian deprecated 1.4 before packaging 2.1, so people
would not usually have a system where both are installed. If CentOS 7
relies on GnuPG 1.4, you will need to be careful with 2.1/2.2. Their
keyrings can get out-of-sync.

I'm sorry I don't have a ready answer; if I did, I'd have offered it
days ago...


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