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Re: Enigmail/PEP mangles GPG configs. Other choices for a MUA

From: Dmitry Alexandrov
Subject: Re: Enigmail/PEP mangles GPG configs. Other choices for a MUA
Date: Sun, 21 Jul 2019 15:55:39 +0300
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/27.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Werner Koch <> wrote:
>> Now you apparently would like to try the innovative PEP-enhanced Enigmail 
>> 2.1 by yourself to see all these fancy things with your own eyes, so I must 
>> warn you: *it mangles ~/.gnupg/gpg.conf and ~/.gnupg/gpg-agent.conf*, so 
>> take precautions.
> That is okay

Well, it was not okay for me.  pass(1) failed to work after that.  Thanks gods, 
I revise my configs with git, so it was just two commands to find out the 
offending pieces and revert them back.  Now I wonder, how probable it is, that 
target audience of that ‘Junior Mode’ does the same.

> all frontends can do that and we even provide an interface to do this.

Thanks, I’ll be on alert.

> There are other choices for a MUA for example Kmail, where my associate Andre 
> is deeply involved in the crypto.

Yes, indeed.  And I actually never fully understood, why everyone still 
recommends a novice GPG user to deal with a couple of Thunderbird + Enigmail, 
where the core functionality required is implemented as an extension over an 
API, that becomes lamer and lamer from release to release.

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