Thoughts on GnuPG and automation

Doug Barton dougb at
Mon Mar 9 22:41:44 CET 2015

On 3/9/15 2:10 PM, Bob (Robert) Cavanaugh wrote:
> you will not get your desired results by starting the conversation impuning the work that went before and claiming that what you are asking for is far superior

OTOH, it's often useful when talking about a possible direction for new 
projects to have a frank and honest discussion about what did and did 
not work in old ones.

Just as you pointed out that the slights you perceived Hans-Christoph 
offering on GnuPG are unfair because it's not responsible for what other 
project teams have started and failed to complete; it's equally 
unreasonable for you to infer that he was offering that slight, and for 
the same reason.

The way I read Hans-Christoph's message was that there is a lack of 
coordination amongst various teams who have started API, wrapper, or 
other projects based on GnuPG tools, and that this fragmentation has 
harmed those efforts in various ways (including diverting precious 
resources to projects with little or no chance of success). And that it 
would be nice if we could take a hard look at what the real world 
requirements are for APIs and/or wrappers for various platforms, and 
have some coordinated effort put into work in this area.

Both of those sound like perfectly reasonable observations to me, and I 
did not perceive any suggested slight by Hans-Christoph at any point in 
the conversation.



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