Making the case for smart cards for the average user

Daniel Kahn Gillmor dkg at
Tue Apr 7 15:14:55 CEST 2015

On Tue 2015-04-07 08:39:57 -0400, MFPA wrote:
> I was talking about what happens when the angle brackets are not
> there.
> If I generate a key with the UID of:-
>    Test20150407 user at
> and try to encrypt an email to user at it fails.

The above is neither an RFC 5322 addr-spec nor an RFC 5322 name-addr.
That is, it would not be considered acceptable in the To: line of an
e-mail header:

We could invent arbitrary ways to structure a User ID that includes an
e-mail address, but writing code to extract the e-mail address from
these things seems like a lot of heuristics at best, and there are all
kinds of ways that it could fail.

We know how to structure a proper name-addr and an addr-spec, and it's
not difficult.  If you want an e-mail address to be recognizable to
automated tools, you should structure it in a recognizable way.

The above UID is simply a mistake, and i don't think GnuPG should try to
accomodate it.


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