show-uid-validity default to yes

Peter Lebbing peter at
Fri Dec 13 17:04:42 CET 2013

On 13/12/13 15:37, Werner Koch wrote:
> The majority of users are using a GUI and thus the command line
> version does not matter at all.

I suppose when those people have questions they go the mailing list of
the GUI in question, but still, since there is an amount of more-or-less
newbies coming here on gnupg-users with questions who are using the
command line, it would seem that there are inexperienced users who are
using the command line.

Has it ever been researched in which way users use GnuPG? A part of the
GUI users might also still use the command line for certain things.

> Although people should know better, I am pretty sure that there are
> many scripts out which parse the human readable output.  Such a
> change would break them.

Yes, but if you first say "Avoid using the output of this command in
scripts or other programs as it is likely to change as GnuPG changes"
and then still not make changes to the output because unthoughtful
people depend on it being stable, it kind of defeats the purpose. It's
something you should keep in mind, but it shouldn't stop you from
implementing something which is a clear improvement.

It is indeed debatable whether this particular improvement is worth it.

Just some thoughts,


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