GPG ID Set Outside of `.gpg-id`?

Nathan Lilienthal nathan at
Mon Apr 6 01:15:10 CEST 2020

That makes a lot of sense, thanks for clearing this up for me.

I was hoping to have a way to reliably configure which GPG ID it
prompts me about first, since I would like to have a PIN activated
smartcard first (if plugged in), then fall back to another on device
key, with a longer password.

Is there a way to get GPG to do this?

Thanks again.

On Sun, Apr 5, 2020 at 6:13 PM Jacob MacDonald <jaccarmac at> wrote:
> As I understand it, GPG-encrypted files contain the ID of the secret
> key needed to decrypt them. Thus, if that key is in your keyring you
> don't need to tell GPG to use it explicitly.
> Jacob.

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