[Macgpg-users] 1.4.7 packages for OS X

Joseph Oreste Bruni jbruni at mac.com
Mon Mar 12 20:48:36 CET 2007

It wouldn't make sense to try to package GPG using a .app bundle  
since GPG itself will most often be used from the command line. As  
such, you would need to update your PATH environment variable to  
include a deep reference to something like "/Applications/GnuPG/ 
Content/MacOS/gpg" instead of the normal location for user-installed  
tools (/usr/local). In addition, if you did run it by double-clicking  
what would that give you since there is no graphical user interface  
and using the tool is done via command-line options?

If you really need a GUI to use GPG, trying installing one of the  
many interfaces referenced from http://macgpg.sourceforge.net/. Those  
are packaged as .app bundles and make sense to run via the Finder.


PS: I noticed this message thread was being cross-posted to both  
macgpg-users and gnupg-users. I'm not sure that's good etiquette, but  
I'm replying to both for continuity.

On Mar 7, 2007, at 4:24 PM, Ryan R. LaMothe wrote:

> It's not a matter of "why not do it yourself" but a matter of "why
> isn't it being done" kind of question.
> A graphical installer and uninstaller for the entire suite would be
> nice.  Maybe I will find time to work on it, maybe someone else can  
> too.
> It is the same kind of question I ask the Mono and MonoDevelop
> people, who not only did not write MonoDevelop using Windows Forms
> (they used GTK), but an installation of "MonoDevelop for OS X"
> requires a plethora of Fink/DarwinPorts Linux libs installed in order
> to even begin using the entire package.  But that is another story
> for another list.
> On Mar 7, 2007, at 6:03 PM, Benjamin Donnachie wrote:
>> Ryan R. LaMothe wrote:
>>> How difficult would be it be to package this application as a .app
>>> bundle instead of all over the filesystem like the typical Unix
>>> application (which makes installing/uninstalling/upgrading a pita)?
>> There's nothing stopping you doing it and making the result
>> available to
>> all.
>> Ben
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