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Fri, Feb 19, 2010 8:48 pm

Mac GNU Privacy Guard 2.x

A version of GNU Privacy Guard is available for Mac OS X systems from Mac GNU Privacy Guard. A .zip file,, can be downloaded from Mac GNU Privacy Guard v2.x Files.

To install the software, once you've downloaded it, unzip the contents of the zip file, which you can do from a shell prompt with the unzip command. Then use the Finder to locate the .mpkg file that was extracted from the .zip file. Double-click on it to start the MacGPG2 Installer.

Welcome ot the MacGPG2 Installer

Click on Continue to continue with the installation. The next step will be to view the Read Me information, followed by the display of the GNU General Public License Version 3, which covers the use of the software. After agreeing to the license, you will be informed of the amount of space that will be used by the software, which is 21.6 MB for version 2.0.14RC2. When you proceed with the installation, the gpg executable will be installed in /usr/local/bin.

You can see other files installed during the installation with lsbom -fls /Library/Receipts/macgpg2.pkg/Contents/

$ lsbom -fls /Library/Receipts/macgpg2.pkg/Contents/

Your keyrings, such as pubring.gpg, will be installed in /Users/acctname/.gnupg/. where acctname represents the particular account you are using. If you have keyrings already on another system, you can copy those keyrings to that location. I.e., you can copy pubring.gpg, secring.gpg, and trustdb.gpg from the other system. You can see what keys are in your public keyring with gpg --list-keys.


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    Date: January 11, 2010
    By: oblahdioblidaa
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