Continue topic: alias or simlink in gnupg not followed. User config assistance for using removable USB drive and aliasing to it.

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27 Oct, 2015 05:39 AM

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Hello again,

So I've finally had time to get back to this. I'm on OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) I've tried:

ln -s /destination/folder/GnuPG ~/.gnupg

I did this command from $home.

But when I make a test key, the secring file in:


is still the one written to.

I notice that the result of my ln command is that there is a GnuPG@ file listed like this:
lrwxr-xr-x 1 GnuPG@ -> /Volumes/folder/GnuPG

The USB Drive is formatted as OS X Extended.

Is there any sill mistakes I could be making?
- Do I need to reboot for the symbolic link to take effect? - Some other mistake?

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  1. Steve closed this discussion on 11 Sep, 2017 02:37 PM.

  2. Steve re-opened this discussion on 11 Sep, 2017 02:37 PM

  3. Support Staff 1 Posted by Steve on 11 Sep, 2017 02:37 PM

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    Sorry Jim, this one slipped through the cracks. Are you still seeing this problem?

  4. 2 Posted by miscmael on 12 Sep, 2017 03:35 AM

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    Hello Steve,

    No I think I have it all configured now.

    Thanks again for following up.

  5. Support Staff 3 Posted by Steve on 12 Sep, 2017 08:45 AM

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    Great. I'm closing this discussion. Should you need further assistance or have questions you can re-open this discussion here or open a new one any time.

    Best, steve

  6. Steve closed this discussion on 12 Sep, 2017 08:45 AM.

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