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Second release candidate for GnuPG 1.4.2 available

We are pleased to announce the availability of a second release
candidate for the forthcoming 1.4.2 version of GnuPG: (28Mk)

Alternatively a patch against the first release candidate may be
downloaded from the same directory:

gnupg-1.4.2rc1-1.4.2rc2.diff.bz2 (228k)

A binary version build for Microsoft Windows is available at: (1.4M)

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

Checksums are:

42f045f7704989a07a0703885ae2d6c9d56f3bfe gnupg-1.4.2rc2.tar.bz2
1ddb8a0edeaef9c48ef7dd2bdbe191c9e01a973d gnupg-1.4.2rc1-1.4.2rc2.diff.bz2
369fd17452f788e0f290a56a0888a3525b7d58c9 gnupg-w32cli-1.4.2rc2.exe

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.

* New key cleaning options that can be used to remove unusable
(expired, revoked) signatures from a key. This is available via
the new "clean" command in --edit-key on a key by key basis, as
well as via the import-clean-sigs/import-clean-uids and
export-clean-sigs/export-clean-uids options for --import-options
and --export-options. These are currently off by default, and
replace the import-unusable-sigs/export-unusable-sigs options
from version 1.4.1.

Translators may use this release to update the PO files for inclusion
in 1.4.2. See doc/TRANSLATE.

Happy Hacking,

David, Timo, Werner

Werner Koch <>
The GnuPG Experts
Free Software Foundation Europe
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