GnuPG altering text when signing

Werner Koch
Fri, 18 Aug 2000 10:21:20 +0200

On Thu, 17 Aug 2000, David Turley wrote:

> When I clearsign a text file, any lines in the text that start with a dash "-"
> get prepended with another dash and a space.
> So "-hello" gets changed to "- -hello"
> Why is this?
That is per specs. If you run gpg without the --verify command it will decode the clearsigned message for you. The reason for the escaping is that dashed lines are special markers and therefore it helps the parser to escape all lines starting with a dash by a "- ".
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