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2.5. How do I create a secondary key file? (PGP)




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This article is from the PGP FAQ, by Jeff Licquia jalicqui@prairienet.org with numerous contributions by others.

2.5. How do I create a secondary key file? (PGP)

First, let's assume that you have all of the mammoth public key ring
in your default pubring.pgp file. First, you will need to extract all
of your commonly used keys into separate key files using the -kx
option. Next, rename pubring.pgp to some other name. For this example,
I will use the name "pubring.big". Next, add each of the individual
key files that you previously created to a new pubring.pgp using the
- -ka option. To encrypt a message to someone in the short default file,
use the command "pgp -e <file> <userid>". To encrypt a message to
someone in the long ring, use the command "pgp -e
+pubring=c:\pgp\pubring.big <file> <userid>". Note that you need to
specify the complete path and file name for the secondary key ring. It
will not be found if you only specify the file name.

 

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