GPG/PGP and Mail (was: Re: GnuPG: what email client should i use?)
Wed, 26 Jul 2000 19:41:38 +0900

From: (Nils Ellmenreich)
Subject: GPG/PGP and Mail (was: Re: GnuPG: what email client should i use?)
Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2000 10:35:28 +0200 (CEST)
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> - If we leave S/MIME aside, you've still got to decide whether to use
> Ascii armor or PGP/MIME. I found (so far) no Unix-based mailreader that
> can handle both (but there might be some, who knows. Maybe pine). It
> really depends on the person you're mailing with which format to use.
i guess it depends on what you mean by "handle", but iirc, mutt and mew can both read both ascii armor and pgp/mime. it is possible to get mew to generate ascii armor too, if you use mailcrypt.el w/ it. i don't think the author of mew is psyched about generating ascii armor though.
> Personally, I stick with mailcrypt as I found most people in my reach
> are still using Ascii armor. However, it has several bugs/misfeatures
> (especially when using it with a non-7bit Ascii character set), but I
> don't see an alternative. If someone writes a good Emacs mail client
> that can handle both formats, or even better, adds this functionality to
> an existing mail client like VM or GNUS, I'm sure he'll get his merits :-)
perhaps you have heard of an emacs mail client named "wanderlust"? i'm not sure of the status of the pgp support currently, but iirc, you can use wanderlust w/ mailcrypt.el, and there is some pgp/mime support provided by a flavor of semi.