[Gpg4win-users-en] Command Line Portable?

Andre Heinecke aheinecke at intevation.de
Mon Aug 17 17:56:59 CEST 2015


On Monday, August 17, 2015 03:52:23 PM El Ess wrote:
> Does anyone know if it is possible to operate Gpg via command line as
> portable? Thunderbird Portable is capable of using Gpg/Enigmail as
> portable, but the functionality of command line is preferred; any
> attempt to use Gpg via command line, I have found, alters the harddisk,
> leaving folders and files, even when Gpg is installed to flash drive,
> making it unsuitable for true portability. Worse, it does so amid the
> Windows folders on C:/, making it difficult to get rid of any trace.
> Does Linux terminal do a better job?

I don't understand what you mean by  "Worse, it does so amid the
Windows folders on C:/, making it difficult to get rid of any trace."

What you want sounds like a portable gpg4win-vanilla installation. The 
installation created by mkportable contains a special file that switches gnupg 
into a "portable mode" where it uses its installation directory as Homedir. 

>From http://gpg4win.org/download.html :

"To create a portable Gpg4win version use the included tool mkportable.exe.
HOWTO: Install Gpg4win with all components and then run from the command line 
(cmd) in install directory: mkportable.exe [OPTIONS] TARGETDIR. Use 
mkportable.exe --help to get all options. The portable version does not 
include GpgOL and GpgEX! Your certificates and settings are saved in the 
directory 'home' of portable version.
Please note: Do not use portable applications - especially crypto applications 
- on potentially infected systems. "


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