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On 06/24/2014 04:28 AM, Cathal Garvey wrote:
> Wait, do you *have* to keep your private keys in keybase? I thought
> it was mostly pubkey operations?

You do not.  keybase.io works just fine as a CLI app if you don't.
- From the frontpage:

"Keybase.io is also a Keybase client, however certain crypto actions
(signing and decrypting) are limited to users who store
client-encrypted copies of their private keys on the server, >>>an
optional feature we didn't mention above<<<."

keybase.io does an okay job of making some GPG commands easier to use
and remember.  At the very least it files a few of the rough edges off.

gpg -s -o something.gpg -r "[email protected]" -e fooble.txt

vs

keybase encrypt bob -o something.gpg -s -m fooble.txt

It's got some pretty nasty warts of its own, though.  For example, the
user cannot encrypt to multiple recipients at this time
(https://github.com/keybase/node-client/issues/152).  It's a little
slow on startup.  The command to list your keybase.io keyring (which
is distinct from the contents of ~/.gnupg/pubring.gpg) is highly
unintuitive.  It abstracts away fewer of the common GPG command line
options than it seems.

After playing around with it for a few weeks, I think that apps like
gpg-crypter (http://gpg-crypter.sourceforge.net/) and GPG4win seem a
little more intuitive for new users.

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