Bug: Unusable key

Johan Wevers johanw at vulcan.xs4all.nl
Sat Feb 7 13:09:26 CET 2004

David Shaw wrote:

>The problem here is that given the code in that particular area of
>GnuPG, changing the error string is easy, but giving more information
>is complex and touches a good number of other places in the code.
>That is not something I want to do unless there is a really good

As developer I understand this. However, every time this topic comes
up, the way to solve it is the same: check manually the key in question.
Most people here know how to do this, but the ones who ask apparently
don't. So why not change the error message in something like: "unusable
key: probably all encryption-capable (sub)keys are expired or revoked".
That doesn't require any change in other places in the code, and does
give the user some usefull hints where to look.

BTW, something entirely different (hacking my outgoing mailspool again
manually): woudln't it be a good idea to set the default reply-to to
the mailinglist instead of to the sender?

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