Problem with GnuPG

Chad Perrin perrin at
Mon Jan 25 20:42:32 UTC 2010

On Mon, Jan 25, 2010 at 06:58:17AM -0500, Jerry wrote:
> OK, I posted this on the 'GnuPG' list earlier; however, since you
> requested further info, here it is.


> This is the file that apparently GPA is loading that has those pesky
> 'certs':
> /usr/local/share/gnupg
> -r--r--r--    1 root  wheel    27K Jan 20 22:43 com-certs.pem
> I renamed the file, deleted those "~/.gnupg/*.kbx" files and restarted
> GPA and the problem went away.
> Apparently, GnuPG does have support for X.509 certificates. I have been
> reading through the documentation -- info gnupg -- to discover its full
> potential and usage. In any case, it apparently is configurable. I am
> not sure what that is, or if I inadvertently turned it on. I am still
> working on that phase of debugging.

Interesting.  I've been using GnuPG all this time, and I had no idea
GnuPG itself supported X.509 certs.

In retrospect, I guess it makes sense to support X.509 certificates for
an OpenPGP application, since some CAs are starting to use OpenPGP for

> I have GnuPG working with 'claws-mail' now though. For whatever reason,
> the plug-in that claws-mail uses for GnuPG was unloaded. I don't know
> why; I certainly never did it. In any case, after reloading it,
> claws-mail works again with GnuPG. I wouldn't doubt that there is some
> sort of gnomish bug lurking around, though I doubt that I will ever
> discover its existence.

Is it possible you uninstalled GnuPG and GPA while trying to get rid of
those certs you saw in GPA, then reinstalled, and didn't realize the
plugin for your MUA went away with the uninstall?  I'm just guessing.

Chad Perrin [ original content licensed OWL: ]
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