Improving the command line UI of gpg

Andrew Gallagher andrewg at
Tue Jul 31 15:17:29 CEST 2018

On 27/07/18 00:22, Ben McGinnes wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 24, 2018 at 10:29:09AM +0200, Rainer Perske wrote:
>> Hello
>> My opinion regarding this request: I completely follow Werner. Don't
>> extend the core GnuPG tool by adding a second user interface into
>> the core without urgent need, risiking unnecessary compatibility
>> issues and even unnecessary security vulnerabilities. If you want
>> another interface, feel free to write a wrapper, based either on the
>> existing command line interface or on GPGME.
> Right ... except not via yet another wrapper to the existing command
> line binaries.  Use GPGME instead.

If we're going to extol GPGME as the one stop shop for all wrappers,
then we had better make sure it's feature-complete - which it currently
is not. I speak as someone who wrote his own wrapper and found that
invoking the binaries by hand was the only solution... :-(

Andrew Gallagher

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