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Re: [gnu.org #1784615] Textual change regarding ftp-upload instructions

From: Alfred M. Szmidt
Subject: Re: [gnu.org #1784615] Textual change regarding ftp-upload instructions
Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2021 12:54:10 -0500

   >    > Could you please change this text:
   >    > 
   >    > - 2. The ASCII armored copy of your GPG key, as an attachment.
   >    > + 2. The ASCII armored copy of your GPG key.
   >    > 
   >    > https://www.gnu.org/prep/maintain/html_node/Automated-Upload-
   >    > Registration.html#Automated-Upload-Registration
   >    > 
   >    > The current text is a little confusing, because it says that text is
   >    > an attachment within a GPG clear signed message, that is itself an
   >    > attachment to an email. It seems to imply that people should be using
   >    > a special format with email attachment boundaries when composing the
   >    > GPG signed message to ftp-upload@gnu.org.
   > Not sure I understand the confusion.  The your armored GPG key should
   > be put in as an attatchment in the MSGFILE.  _THAT_ file inturn needs
   > to be clear-signed as well.
   > What does "special format with email attatchment boundaries" mean
   > here?

   I see the confusion. The instructions on item 3 say to me: make a text
   file with 4 things, 

But that is not what it says, it says to construct a _message_ that is
then sent.

Not arguing that the text isn't clear, just that silly me doesn't see
the unclearness to suggest a better wording.

   then clearsign it and attach it. But, one of those 4
   things says its should be an attachment, but if its in a text file with
   other things, it can't also be an attachment on its own. So, I think
   this patch is good.

I'm not sure -- this depends entierly on how ftp-upload@ works.  If
the expected format is that the GPG key is infact an attachment, then
this makes it less clear.  Is that the case?  Maybe the overall
wording could be improved entierly...

Or maybe gnupload can do this stuff?

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