pgp/mime vs in-line pgp

Graham graham.todd at
Tue Apr 13 23:46:23 CEST 2004

On Tuesday 13 Apr 2004 9:22 pm, Atom 'Smasher' wrote:

> anyway, what if gpg supported quoted-printable input? how much of the
> problem would that solve?

GPG is not required to support quoted-printable (as in RFC2045), nor 
PGP/MIME (as in RFC3156): its a function of the MTA to support these.  
Some MTAs do support quoted-printable, some don't, just as some MTAs 
support PGP/MIME and some don't.

Remember you can always use GPG externally from your MTA to sign or 
encrypt with GPG and paste the result in, if you want to use inline 
coding.  Its just convenience to use your MTA.  However, if you want to 
use PGP/MIME or quoted printable you MUST have an MTA that supports 
these and be sending to a recipient which uses an MTA that supports 
these to the same standards.

For more details on these and other RFCs look at:



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