As mentioned here and also here, GnuPG Shell is a GUI frontend for GnuPG (also called gpg or Gnu Privacy Guard), which is a GNU implementation of OpenPGP, (which is a rewrite of the original PGP).

Although there is a Debian package for GnuPG Shell available here, I can't find a package for it in the Debian Repository by searching for 'GnuPG Shell', 'gpg-shell', 'gpgshell', gnupg-shell, ... etc.

Is it actually in the Debian repository? If so what's the name there?

If not why not? Is there some security problem with it?


  • Tried installing the tech-faq.com deb file: $ sudo dpkg -i gnupgshell-1.0.0.i386.deb Selecting previously unselected package gnupgshell:i386. (Reading database ... 554563 files and directories currently installed.) Preparing to unpack gnupgshell-1.0.0.i386.deb ... Unpacking gnupgshell:i386 (1.0.0-1) ... Setting up gnupgshell:i386 (1.0.0-1) ... but something is wrong. First no man page, from man -k gnupg . Also can't find binary, nor xdg menu item for it. Now to remove it cleanly with snapper. Recommend AGAINST using the tech-faq.com *.deb file. Apr 26, 2020 at 20:53
  • It put this file on my system: -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 4225124 Oct 13 2007 /usr/bin/wxGnuPGShell If run it gives: # /usr/bin/wxGnuPGShell /usr/bin/wxGnuPGShell: error while loading shared libraries: libgtk-x11-2.0.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory ??? Apr 26, 2020 at 21:12
  • Also this was in /var/lib/dpkg/status: ` * watchgnupg -- watch socket-based logs Homepage: gnupg.org` +Package: gnupgshell +Status: install ok installed +Priority: extra +Section: Security +Installed-Size: 4684 +Maintainer: will.spencer@tech-faq.com +Architecture: i386 +Version: 1.0.0-1 +Description: GnuPG Shell + Package: gnustep-base-common Status: install ok installed Priority: optional Apr 26, 2020 at 21:31
  • So, BOTTOM LINE, I think this is an old .deb file and should not be used. Apr 26, 2020 at 21:33
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    @GAD3R, Already had libgtk2.0-0 installed, not sure about ':386' architecture. ... kind of really old architecture; like 20 years since I've had a 386. Also looks like this .deb is version 1.0.0 which doesn't sound good. I think I'm done messing with this. BTW, KGpg, gpa, and seahorse (aka Passwords and Keys) all seem to work better. Thanks. Apr 26, 2020 at 23:37

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This package is not available in the Debian repository. Download it from the website and install it from the source or use the provided .deb binary.

I don't have much idea about why this is not available in the official repo. Guess people don't use this much, perhaps?

  • I pretty much knew all this before. Sometimes the application and the package have somewhat different names, which can make it not so findable in the Debian repository. Other times certain apps have been deliberately removed from the Debian repository for cause. I'm really looking for the answers to either of my main first or 2nd questions. Thanks though. Say well brother. Apr 26, 2020 at 20:03

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