Holger Schurig holger at d.om.org
Mon Nov 9 12:52:33 CET 1998

>The filter decrypts files, I believe.  To you can put 'gpg < cryptfile'
>and it will decrypt for you.  IMO, I think this is good unix behavior.

I agree that filters are a VERY good unix behavior, they're very script 

However, we can make them much more human-friendly if we look if stdin 
is a TTY and emit a nice message. If the program is used as a filter, 
then stdin is not bound to a TTY. The case that someone types in text 
directly into GnuPG is very, very rare.

For example, if you confuse "mailstats" (from sendmail) with "mailstat" 
(from procmail) and type as a command, the following will happen:

  $ mailstat
  Most people don't type their own logfiles;  but, what do I care?

However, "cat logfile | mailstat" or "mailstat <logfile" or whatever 
works as expected. So we have both: script-friendlyness and 

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