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GPGV2(1) GNU Privacy Guard GPGV2(1)
gpgv2 - Verify OpenPGP signatures
gpgv2 [options] signed_files
gpgv2 is an OpenPGP signature verification tool.
This program is actually a stripped-down version of gpg which is only able to check signa-
tures. It is somewhat smaller than the fully-blown gpg and uses a different (and simpler)
way to check that the public keys used to make the signature are valid. There are no con-
figuration files and only a few options are implemented.
gpgv2 assumes that all keys in the keyring are trustworthy. By default it uses a keyring
named 'trustedkeys.gpg' which is assumed to be in the home directory as defined by GnuPG
or set by an option or an environment variable. An option may be used to specify another
keyring or even multiple keyrings.
The program returns 0 if everything is fine, 1 if at least one signature was bad, and
other error codes for fatal errors.
gpgv2 recognizes these options:
-v Gives more information during processing. If used twice, the input data is listed
-q Try to be as quiet as possible.
Add file to the list of keyrings. If file begins with a tilde and a slash, these
are replaced by the HOME directory. If the filename does not contain a slash, it is
assumed to be in the home-directory ("~/.gnupg" if --homedir is not used).
Write special status strings to the file descriptor n. See the file DETAILS in the
documentation for a listing of them.
Write log output to file descriptor n and not to stderr.
GnuPG normally checks that the timestamps associated with keys and signatures have
plausible values. However, sometimes a signature seems to be older than the key due
to clock problems. This option turns these checks into warnings.
Set the name of the home directory to dir. If this option is not used, the home
directory defaults to '~/.gnupg'. It is only recognized when given on the command
line. It also overrides any home directory stated through the environment variable
'GNUPGHOME' or (on W32 systems) by means of the Registry entry HKCU\Soft-
gpgv2 sigfile [datafile]
Verify the signature of the file. The second form is used for detached signatures,
where sigfile is the detached signature (either ASCII-armored or binary) and
datafile contains the signed data; if datafile is "-" the signed data is expected
on stdin; if datafile is not given the name of the file holding the signed data is
constructed by cutting off the extension (".asc", ".sig" or ".sign") from sigfile.
The default keyring with the allowed keys.
HOME Used to locate the default home directory.
If set directory used instead of "~/.gnupg".
The full documentation for this tool is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If GnuPG and the
info program are properly installed at your site, the command
should give you access to the complete manual including a menu structure and an index.
GnuPG 2.0.22 2014-06-10 GPGV2(1)
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