Bjarni Runar Einarsson bre at pagekite.net
Fri Mar 25 15:32:40 CET 2016

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Werner Koch <wk at gnupg.org> wrote:
> On Wed, 23 Mar 2016 18:48, dkg at fifthhorseman.net said:
> > I'm entirely open to packaging gpgme-tool separately from the -dev
> > package, if there is a clear and compelling argument for it.
> As of now it is not really stable and as long as there are no
> well known users I do not think that a separate package makes
> sense. Seo let's defer this decision.

This is a chicken-and-egg problem. Until the tool is made widely
available, people will not use it - most people don't even know
it exists, not everyone comes to this mailing list to chat before
they start developing.

This is one of the complaints/wishes us Mailpile folks had, for
some sort of stable socket/stdio-based programmatic API for
talking to GnuPG. This sort of interface would make it much more
accessible for folks developing in other programming languages to
add PGP support to their apps.

Requiring that a ruby, python or node.js dev know to install
GnuPG from the C sources and build this tool is a non-starter,
it's just not going to happen. In particular, because since the
tool isn't part of any official distribution, nobody has it, so
the resulting ruby/python/js code will be practically unusable.
The current status quo requires that anyone who wants to use this
tool become adept at building and shipping tools written in C.
That's a huge barrier these days.

In my opinion, until this tool is packaged, documented and
shipped, it may as well not exist.
So pretty please, ship it! :-)

 - Bjarni

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