error in --help

Werner Koch
Sat, 10 Jul 1999 13:35:33 +0200

Holger Schurig <> writes:

> But in fact GnuPG loads those modules really into memory and uses them.
No, I don't think so: The help message is emiited while parsing the given options the first time. GnuPG has to parse them 2 times because it must know certain options before processing others (debug, options, no-options, logfile-fd)
> It's just that the helptext get's displayed before the options file
> get executed. Therefore the output of suggested algorithms is static.
Well it's a feature :-) -- Werner Koch at keyid 621CC013