Introduction to GnuPG

The GnuPG package contains a public/private key encryptor. This is becoming useful for signing files or emails as proof of identity and preventing tampering with contents of the file or email.

Package information

GnuPG dependencies

Installation of GnuPG

Install GnuPG by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr --libexecdir=/usr/lib &&

Now, as the root user:

make install &&
chmod 4755 /usr/bin/gpg

Command explanations

--libexecdir=/usr/lib: This command creates a gnupg directory in /usr/lib instead of /usr/libexec.

chmod 4755 /usr/bin/gpg: gpg is installed setuid root to avoid swapping out sensitive data.


Installed Programs: gpg, gpgsplit and gpgv
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: /usr/lib/gnupg and /usr/share/gnupg

Short Descriptions


is the backend (command-line interface) for this OpenPGP implementation.


separates key rings.


is a verify only version of gpg.

Last updated on 2005-02-11 07:07:57 -0700