moving user ID Comments to --expert mode

Daniel Kahn Gillmor dkg at
Fri Feb 4 16:51:13 CET 2011

On 02/04/2011 01:12 AM, Werner Koch wrote:
> Many might nor know that
> there is a help feature for every input field:

Indeed, i had no idea that this was the case.  Thanks for the tip.

> but many more users are using a GUI for key generation and thus it is up
> to the GUI to preset the comment field.  For example GPA uses in
> non-advanced mode a wizard dialog for key generation and that one does
> not ask for comment.

Yep, fixing the GUIs is a separate task, and i agree it's a worthwhile
one.   I'll take it up with the GUIs i encounter.

> I don't have any strong feelings about this, however, here is my own
> proposal:
>   GnuPG needs to construct a user ID to identify your key.
>   Real name: ddddd
>   Email address: dddd at dddd
>   You selected this USER-ID:
>       "ddddd <dddd at dddd>"
>   Change (N)ame, (C)omment, (E)mail or (O)kay/(Q)uit? c
>   Comment: test key
>   You selected this USER-ID:
>       "ddddd (test key) <dddd at dddd>"
>   Change (N)ame, (C)omment, (E)mail or (O)kay/(Q)uit? q

This change in behavior sounds reasonable to me.

> No expert option and no translation changes required,

Some translation changes might still be worth doing; I would like to see
the example User ID lose the comment (including "(Der Dichter)" in an
english prompt is not helpful), and i think the wording should also be
adjusted, since the User ID does not identify the key -- it identifies
the user.  But i'll happily pursue translation changes as a separate
topic if we can do away with the Comment prompt by default.

> The drawback is as with the --expert option:
> we will receive bug reports like "I can't enter a comment anymore" ;-).

i'm sure that's true :(  We can point them at this discussion, though.



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