GnuPG 2.1 and Mailpile (LWN comments) about GPGME

Bernhard Reiter bernhard at
Tue Nov 11 15:21:07 CET 2014

the Mailpile developers would like to replace GnuPG with something better
and for the short term propose to extend GnuPG with a command line JSON 
interface in the short term.

I've commented the article under the LWN news about GnuPG 2.1.0 release as following:

"If Smári's thoughts on GnuPG reveal something, it is that we need to spread 
more knowledge about how GnuPG works. In the post, the supported API of 
GnuPG, GPGME is miss-spelled and the current python libaries for interacting 
with it were not identified. shows that pyme has 
moved to a new location with 0.9 published on May 2014 and the alternative 
pygpgme's 0.3 is from 2012. There is example code which is nice to work with.

Of course the command line interface is not the best stable interface to 
program GnuPG, it is because it is used as an interface to humans using the 
command line. GPGME is much better, of course it can be improved further.

Yes, Werner and his company g10code need your support, see . (Full disclosure: My company 
Intevation is a business partner of g10code.)"


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