Fingerprints and Key-IDs - Was: [PATCH] avoid publishing the GnuPG version by default

Daniel Kahn Gillmor dkg at
Fri Aug 5 21:48:15 CEST 2016

On Fri 2016-08-05 15:39:47 -0400, ilf wrote:
> Werner Koch:
>>> How about removing the "keyid-format" option alltogether? 
>> Nope. Breaks too many scripts.
> Well, the man-page sais about --list-public-keys:
> | Avoid using the output of this command in scripts or other programs as 
> | it is likely to change as GnuPG changes. See --with-colons for a 
> | machine-parseable key listing command that is appropriate for use in 
> | scripts and other programs.

ilf, what are you asking for when you ask for removing the
"keyid-format" option altogether?

If we remove the parameter entirely, then everyone who has set it in
their config files will end up with an error:

 gpg: invalid option "--keyid-format"

Surely that's not desirable.

So we could leave it in, have it consume its argument, but make it a
no-op, thereby explicitly not doing what the user has asked us to do.

That also doesn't seem desirable.

If you're talking about deprecating the option, that's another choice
entirely, but i don't think you've proposed a deprecation mechanism
yet.  Maybe a warning to stderr if keyid-format is explicitly set to
anything but "none" ?

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