watchgnupg command_examples

watchgnupg command_examples

watchgnupg – Read and print logs from a socket


$ watchgnupg --force /home/foo/.gnupg/S.log

This waits for connections on the local socket ‘/home/foo/.gnupg/S.log’ and shows all log entries. To make this

work the option log-file needs to be used with all modules which logs are to be shown. The value for that option

must be given with a special prefix (e.g. in the conf file):


log-file socket:///home/foo/.gnupg/S.log

For debugging purposes it is also possible to do remote logging. Take care if you use this feature because the

information is send in the clear over the network. Use this syntax in the conf files:


log-file tcp://

You may use any port and not just 4711 as shown above; only IP addresses are supported (v4 and v6) and no host

names. You need to start watchgnupg with the tcp option. Note that under Windows the registry entry HKCU\Soft‐

ware\GNU\GnuPG:DefaultLogFile can be used to change the default log output from stderr to whatever is given by that

entry. However the only useful entry is a TCP name for remote debugging.


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