request for feature

Soren Dayton csdayton at
Sat Jul 10 18:55:46 CEST 1999

Hi all,

Compare the output of pgp 5 and gpg on a file that I don't have the
private key to decrypt.


% pgpv < foo.enc 
No files specified.  Using stdin.

Message is encrypted.
Cannot decrypt message.  It can only be decrypted by:
  2048 bits, Key ID 12345678, Created 1999-06-28


% gpg --decrypt < foo.enc
gpg (GnuPG) 0.9.7; Copyright (C) 1999 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This program comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY.
This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it
under certain conditions. See the file COPYING for details.

gpg: decryption failed: secret key not available

Someone sent me a PGP 6 message and I didn't realize what was going on
until I used pgpv to figure out what had happened.  It told me that the
message was encrypted for someone else (in fact for the person who sent
it *sigh*).

Would it be possible to get a message like this output?  (I looked at
the code and did not see an obvious place to insert this.  Otherwise I
would be sending a patch)

Thanks a whole bunch,

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