Backup of Keys

Mark azbigdogs at
Sun May 24 23:56:56 CEST 2020

Sorry misspoke.. I should've said put those files you listed in an
encrypted archive. I will grab Sherpa later and see how it works.


On 5/24/2020 12:57 PM, Robert J. Hansen wrote:
>> I was thinking along the lines of backing up that entire directory into
>> an encrypted 7z file and then just having to remember the password to
>> that archive. I know there are other options maybe even some that use
>> biometrics to decrypt the database.
> Don't.  GnuPG puts things in that directory that are specific to your
> particular machine.  Most of these are harmless (lockfiles, etc.) but
> some are potentially harmful to share between installations.
> For instance, there's one file, "random_seed".  Werner says it's not a
> major concern, but I and many others have a flaming heebie-jeebies
> reaction to the idea of sharing a random number generator's seed file
> between two machines -- copying RNG state information is how *many,
> many, many* cryptosystems in history have been broken.
> Don't just back up the directory.  Only copy the files that are strictly
> necessary for operation.  Sherpa can help you with this.
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