dshaw at jabberwocky.com
Mon Sep 22 05:22:42 CEST 2008
On Sep 21, 2008, at 10:52 PM, Kevin Hilton wrote:
> I'm not here to create an argument, however the option(s)
> is specifically addressed within the documentation.
I know. I wrote the part of the documentation that told people not to
GPG is a very flexible program, and as such, it gives you tens of ways
to do things wrong. All of these method are off by default, and
generally protected by strong warning messages that tell people when
they're shooting themselves in the foot. People frequently write in
to this list needing help on some simple question. My heart always
sinks when I see some of the responses that take a simple question,
and over-answer it in such a way as to guarantee that this poor person
is going to be utterly baffled as to what is going on.
If someone wants to know how to set their preference list, they're not
trying for new and fun ways to violate the spec. Why even mention
that it is possible to violate the spec? How does it help the
questioner to know that "if you use the flag that you're not supposed
to use, and ignore the warnings telling you to not use it... hey, you
can get GPG to do something illegal"?
To make this even more silly, you actually took the trouble to remove
the part of my quote where I said WHY it was a bad idea.
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