choosing an encryption target from a User ID
dshaw at jabberwocky.com
Wed Sep 23 01:16:05 CEST 2009
On Sep 22, 2009, at 6:54 PM, Daniel Kahn Gillmor wrote:
> Can you give me an example of a script
> that has this behavior "baked in" to the point where adopting a better
> heuristic would break it?
It doesn't work that way. The default is "the first valid key". It's
been that way in the PGP world since before GPG as a product was
written. If you want to propose a specific alternative, I'm ready to
listen, but I'm not going to defend the default behavior of 15+ years.
> Also, i believe this behavior is *only* relevant in situations where
> user asks gpg to encrypt something to a name or User ID. Is that
> or are there other circumstances in gpg where the "choose the first
> matching User ID" heuristic is used?
It's used everywhere user IDs are referenced in the product. --list-
keys. --edit-key, --sign-key, etc, etc.
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