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3 Commands

Commands are not distinguished from options execpt for the fact that only one command is allowed.

Print the program version and licensing information. Note that you can abbreviate this command.
--help, -h
Print a usage message summarizing the most useful command-line options. Not that you can abbreviate this command.
Run in server mode and wait for commands on the stdin. The default mode is to create a socket and listen for commands there.
Run in background daemon mode and listen for commands on a socket. Note that this also changes the default home directory and enables the internal certificate validation code.
List the contents of the CRL cache on stdout. This is probably only useful for debugging purposes.
--load-crl file
This command requires a filename as additional argument, and it will make dirmngr try to import the CRL in file into it's cache. Note, that this is only possible if Dirmngr is able to retrieve the CA's certificate directly by its own means. In general it is better to use gpgsm's --call-dirmngr loadcrl filename command so that gpgsm can help dirmngr.
--fetch-crl url
This command requires an URL as additional argument, and it will make dirmngr try to retrieve an import the CRL from that url into it's cache. This is mainly useful for debugging purposes.
This commands shuts down an running instance of Dirmngr. This command has corrently no effect.
This command removes all CRLs from Dirmngr's cache. Client requests will thus trigger reading of fresh CRLs.