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Debian GNU/Linux Reference Guide
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Debian Reference
Chapter 14 - GnuPG


  • gpg(1).

  • /usr/share/doc/gnupg/README.gz

  • GNU privacy handbook in /usr/share/doc/gnupg-doc/GNU_Privacy_Handbook/ (install gnupg-doc package)

14.1 Installing GnuPG

     # gpg --gen-key                   # generate a new key
     # gpg --gen-revoke my_user_ID     # generate revoke key for my_user_ID
     # host -l | grep www|less # figure out pgp keyservers

A good default keyserver set up in $HOME/.gnupg/gpg.conf (or old location $HOME/.gnupg/options) contains:

     keyserver hkp://

Here one must be careful not to create more than 2 sub-keys. If you do, keyservers on will corrupt your key. Use the newer gnupg (>1.2.1-2) to handle these corrupted subkeys. See

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