Lines Beginning with "From" Dash-Escaped?
Sun Apr 29 00:37:02 2001
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On Saturday, 28. April 2001 17:25, Nick Andriash wrote:
> Does anyone know if you are able to turn this feature off in PGP?
This is from the man page of PGP2.6.3in:
CLEARSIG - Enable Clear-Signed Output
Default setting: CLEARSIG = on
Normally, a signed and ASCII-armored PGP message is gib
berish, even though the text is not encrypted. This pre
vents munging by mailers, but requires PGP to simply read
If CLEARSIG is enabled, then when signing and ASCII-armor
ing a text file, PGP uses a different format that includes
the plaintext in human-readable form. Lines beginning
with "-" are quoted with "- ". To cope with some of the
stupider mailers in the world, lines beginning with "From"
are also quoted, and trailing whitespace on lines is
stripped. PGP will remove the quoting if you use it to
decrypt the message, but the trailing whitespace is not
recovered. This is still useful enough to be enabled by
So it seems it's not possible to turn off the escaping of "From " lines
in PGP without turning of clear-signed output. But this would lead to
messages which are unreadable by people who don't use PGP because then
the signed message will be Radix64 encoded.
> IK> Reason:
> Thank you Ingo for a very clear and concise explanation of the
> reasoning behind this feature. I shall, with your permission, pass
> on that information to my PGP-Basics Group, many of which including
> myself use GnuPG.
You are welcome to do so.
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