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Yesterday and today combined I spent about 8 hours trying to get my PGP / GPG passphrase to work. Absolutely magically, somehow a newline character had gotten into the passphrase. Yes. That's possible. On macOS, that is.

On my Windows machine I have the same fucking private key protected with the same password. Now try and get a non-windows newline character into any Windows password field, be it a command line or some GUI input. WTF! You'll lose a year of your life with every passphrase error while you have the actual passphrase.

So after all these hours trying to hack my own GPG keystore without success, I remembered how the private key got on my Windows machine in the first place: see tags.

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    Mac used to be just \r) carriage return no newline \n)
    Reminds how stupid (I understand the purpose /audience) is the newline and extra space office add when you copy 😭
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    Oh, and I fixed the passphrase on my macOS machine and then did the export-import.
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    And who the fuck knew that some password fields could accept a newline character. How awesome is that?

    Your password could be:
    tic
    tac
    toe
  • 0
    @eeee
    And that is quite interesting. Probably tabs or any other character too.
    Try bell (beep code \007 if I recall correctly 😊
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