Save keys database in Keychain accsess on thumbdrive

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13 May, 2014 02:02 PM

GPG Keychain Access 1.1.3

I'm trying to store all keys database on my removable disk and make the program use it from there, I read that I should move hidden folder .gnupg to my removable disc then make an alies to it on my harddrive, but this doesn't work because system says that you can not use a name like .gnupg because such a name is reserved for the system. But when I make "gnupg" alies to my removable disc folder gnupg the KeyChainAccess ignore it and create folder .gnupg again in case it was removed. Please tell me in details what steps I should make to make the program store and read all keys on my removable disc.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Luke Le on 28 May, 2014 02:59 PM

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    are you familiar with the Terminal?
    If so, these are the commands that are required to move the .gnupg folder onto an external drive

    cp -R ~/.gnupg /Volumes/USBDRIVE/GPG-Keys
    mv ~/.gnupg ~/.gnupg.backup
    ln -s /Volumes/USBDRIVE/GPG-Keys ~/.gnupg

    If you're not familiar we can try to go through it step by step.

    Hope that helps.

    P.S.: I'll delete your other discussion with the same topic.

  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by Steve on 05 Aug, 2014 12:10 PM

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    We've a ticket for this problem:

    So in the future this should be much easier. Not sure how soon well get this feature finished though.

    If this discussion get's closed, it will be re-opened as soon as the ticket is closed so you'll receive a notification. Feel free to open a new discussions should you run into further problems or need assistance.

    Closing, since no further user feedback was received. Should your problem persist, feel free to re-open this discussion any time.

    All the best, steve

  3. Steve closed this discussion on 05 Aug, 2014 12:10 PM.

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