Changing preferences

Mark H. Wood mwood at IUPUI.Edu
Tue Sep 23 15:53:40 CEST 2008

On Tue, Sep 23, 2008 at 09:44:53AM -0400, David Shaw wrote:
> On Sep 22, 2008, at 10:17 AM, Mark H. Wood wrote:
>> On Mon, Sep 22, 2008 at 12:09:00AM -0400, David Shaw wrote:
>>> I'd be content with something that says "List algorithms in the order in
>>> which you'd like to see them used.
>> There's the problem right there.  "Used" when?  When sending?
>> apparently not.  When others send to me? apparently so.  Somehow the
>> two cases (I send; I receive) should be disentangled.
> Good point.  How about:
> List algorithms in the order in which you'd like to see them used by someone 
> else when encrypting a message to you.  If you don't include 3DES, GPG will 
> add it automatically at the end.  Note that there are many factors that go 
> into choosing an algorithm (for example, you may not be the only recipient), 
> and so the remote OpenPGP application being used to send to you may or may 
> not follow your exact chosen order for a given message.  However, it will 
> only ever choose an algorithm that is on the list of every recipient key.  
> See also the INTEROPERABILITY section.

Sounds good to me.  It seems to cover what people mostly need to know,
and is compact enough for a man page.

Mark H. Wood, Lead System Programmer   mwood at IUPUI.Edu
Typically when a software vendor says that a product is "intuitive" he
means the exact opposite.

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