decrypt aes256 encrypted file without gpg-agent

Fourhundred Thecat 400thecat at
Tue Jun 30 06:58:14 CEST 2020

 > On 2020-06-29 19:16, Ralph Seichter via Gnupg-users wrote:
>> I am protesting the fact, that gpg can no longer be used without the
>> agent.
> Whining about a design detail of free software? Get a grip.

There are more examples of bad design.

In fact, gpg epitomizes a perfect anti-UNIX design. (See Eric S. Raymond
for details, what UNIX philosophy means)

For instance, even for basic operations (encrypt, decrypt), where no
modifications to my key pair are necessary, gpg still requires my
~/.gnupg/ to be writable (cannot me on read-only filesystem)

That is another example of hard-requiring something, that it does not
need (same as agent for symmetric decryption)

gpg is considered a core component of linux and other systems. This is
not some solitaire gui app, that I can choose to ignore.

That is why I a m giving here my honest feedback.

I believe this project is going in the wrong direction, and bad design
decisions are being made.

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