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5.6.7 Export certificates

To export certificate from the internal key database the command:

  EXPORT [--data [--armor] [--base64]] [--] pattern

is used. To allow multiple patterns (which are ORed) quoting is required: Spaces are to be translated into "+" or into "%20"; in turn this requires that the usual escape quoting rules are done.

If the --data option has not been given, the format of the output depends on what was set with the OUTPUT command. When using PEM encoding a few informational lines are prepended.

If the --data has been given, a target set via OUTPUT is ignored and the data is returned inline using standard D-lines. This avoids the need for an extra file descriptor. In this case the options --armor and --base64 may be used in the same way as with the OUTPUT command.