gnupg: request for small change in output

John A. Martin jam at
Sat Oct 4 16:49:01 CEST 2003

>>>>> "Jeff" == Jeff McAdams
>>>>> "Re: gnupg: request for small change in output"
>>>>>  Sat, 4 Oct 2003 07:13:05 -0400

    Jeff> Within the realm of gpg, yes, they are the same, but in the
    Jeff> overall world, "0x12345678" is much less ambiguous than
    Jeff> "12345678".

Think of the ID as an arbitrary string that must match another
arbitrary string.  The fact that the string happens to be a string of
hexadecimal characters is immaterial to the match.  Do you do
arithmetic on the ID?  In a context whee the number base is unknown?

One might argue that ornamenting the ID with '0x' might be deceptive
suggesting that is useful as an arithmetical quantity.


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