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First release candidate for GnuPG 1.4.2 available

We are pleased to announce the availability of a release candidate for
the forthcoming 1.4.2 version of gnupg: (2808k)

A binary for MS Windows is not available because we did no MS Windows
specific changes. Expect such a binary with the next release
candidate in about 2 weeks. A diff file is also available but pretty
large (800k) due to the changed address of the FSF and updated

Please try it out and report any problems to the gnupg-devel or
gnupg-users list (

Checksums are:

e6c2a39dd3cc4919698ae62c1b52abff0f3888b7 gnupg-1.4.2rc1.tar.bz2
7578be7d9e397781219e9e84bd20d22113e3329b gnupg-1.4.1-1.4.2rc1.diff.bz2

Noteworthy changes since 1.4.1:

* New command "verify" in the card-edit menu to display
the Private-DO-3. The Admin command has been enhanced to take
the optional arguments "on", "off" and "verify". The latter may
be used to verify the Admin Pin without modifying data; this
allows displaying the Private-DO-4 with the "list" command.

* Rewrote large parts of the card code to optionally make use of a
running gpg-agent. If --use-agent is being used and a gpg-agent
with enabled scdaemon is active, gpg will now divert all card
operations to that daemon. This is required because both,
scdaemon and gpg require exclusive access to the card reader. By
delegating the work to scdaemon, both can peacefully coexist and
scdaemon is able to control the use of the reader. Note that
this requires at least gnupg 1.9.17.

* Fixed a couple of problems with the card reader.

* Command completion is now available in the --edit-key and
--card-edit menus. Filename completion is available at all
filename prompts. Note that completion is only available if the
system provides a readline library.

* New experimental HKP keyserver helper that uses the cURL
library. It is enabled via the configure option --with-libcurl
like the other (also experimental) cURL helpers.

Happy Hacking,

David, Timo, Werner

Werner Koch <>
The GnuPG Experts
Free Software Foundation Europe
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