| ||Ask HN: Is there a “ground-up” explanation of PGP/GnuPG?|
121 points by kqr on Nov 30, 2016 | hide | past | web | favorite | 29 comments |
|Understanding how git works internally "from the ground up" has been incredibly helpful in my everyday work; things like blobs, commit objects, hashes and how they connect to form the git experience as I know it. Where I had been cargo-culting along previously, it all became clear once I understood the fundamental model of what was going on underneath the interface.|
I feel like the same thing could apply to PGP/GnuPG. I am cargo culting my way along but I feel like I would feel much, much, much more comfortable if I knew how it worked from the ground up.
I have loose ideas of asymmetric cryptography and trust circles and such, but nothing concrete to hinge my actions upon, so I mostly try different permutations of command line arguments until GPG appears to do what I want it to do.
Is there a "from the ground up" good guide to PGP that allows me to break out of this pattern?
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