How to use GnuPG (gpg or gpg2) to generate a PGP key that isn't protected by a passphrase

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Issue

  • How can I create a PGP keypair with gpg or gpg2 that can be used for decryption and signing without requiring a passphrase?

  • Can GnuPG create private keys that aren't encrypted?

  • Can GPG remove the password from a private key so that the key can be used without any prompting?

  • Cannot get gpg keys without a passphrase to work. I need to be able to automate gpg encryption of files and decryption without a passphrase.

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5

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