decrypt aes256 encrypted file without gpg-agent

Robert J. Hansen rjh at
Tue Jun 30 08:37:22 CEST 2020

> 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)

Again, you're criticizing a design before learning why that design is
the way it is.

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

You don't understand the design, which means you don't know what the
system needs and/or doesn't need.  You're not displaying judgment here,
you're displaying prejudice.

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

You are of course welcome to give what feedback you like.  I
respectfully suggest that if you start by learning why these various
tradeoffs were made, it will allow you to make better criticisms that
will be taken more seriously by the development team.

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