Re: Trouble Understanding Key Rings and Key Ring Collections
Okay, this is a bit of an odd one. The thing is the RFC, and a lot
of other PGP related documentation, uses the word Ring for
public/private keys with their associated sub-keys, in other
contexts Key is also used to describe a Ring as from a PGP point
of view you would rarely have a single key pair in a KeyRing, and
to make life more interesting, Ring is also used to describe
collections of public/private keys with their associated master
While this use of terminology kind of works in a "natural"
language like English, naming conventions like that do not
translate well to an API... In our case we tried to maintain Key,
as in what a Key is in Java (a single private or public key), and
then KeyRing became a set of keys, where one key pair in the ring
represented the master keys, and the rest were subkeys. A
KeyRingCollection then became a set of KeyRing objects, partly
because we couldn't use the word KeyRing again, and partly
because, being Java programmers, we just figured that banging the
word Collection onto the the end would somehow make everything
better. Maybe it didn't... but it does work, once you get your
head around the convention.
I hope this helps.
On 10/08/18 11:56, alexander lambrou wrote:
I am attempting to create an application that stores public and
private PGP keys. I am using Java as the programming language.
My question is, what appears to be called a "Key Ring" is
actually a Key, and a "Key Ring Collection" is the equivalent of
a Key Ring in PGP, is that correct?
I am sorry if I have this all wrong. It appears that the
following example code is used to create a key pair, though it
is using a keyring as the Key, and KeyRingCollection to read the