If the message is encrypted symmetrically

John Clizbe JPClizbe at tx.rr.com
Fri Jun 22 03:30:19 CEST 2007

Henry Hertz Hobbit wrote:
> I will volunteer for being one of the three users (after yourself
> you need only one more user) if you want to do the tests actually
> using email itself, but I would advise just using the multiple
> recipients on the command line first and comparing the sizes there.
> Rummage around in the Enigmail section of the Thunderbird forum
> and if they don't have the answer just ask if they only do one
> call to GnuPG to do the encryption.

Though they may just tell you to ask the Enigmail guys.

Enigmail makes one call to GnuPG when sending.  After 'Send' is clicked and
processing such as line ending canonizations, the message is passed to GnuPG for
whatever processing is requested. The results from GnuPG are then assembled into
the final message and passed back to SeaMonkey/Thunderbird's mailnews code  for
the actual putting the message on the wire,

The only time Enigmail calls GnuPG twice in message processing is to get key
information to display on the status line.

I may be useful to look at that message being examined with a tool such as
pgpdump to determine the size of the individual packets.

John P. Clizbe                      Inet:   John (a) Mozilla-Enigmail.org
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"what's the key to good decisions?" /  "one word: experience."
"how do i get experience?"          / "two words: bad decisions."

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