Questions about --throw-keyids

Justus Winter justus at
Tue Feb 14 16:56:42 CET 2017

Daniel Kahn Gillmor <dkg at> writes:

> On Tue 2017-02-14 05:28:07 -0500, Justus Winter wrote:
>> I don't.  I strongly believe that adding command line switches should be
>> the absolute last resort.
> I'm open to other suggestions about how to achieve this behavior.

I have none, and tbh I did not even thought this through.  However...

> GnuPG's general stance appears to be that the only way to interact with
> the suite is through the command line.  It also has historically tried
> to avoid making breaking changes to the behavior based on existing
> options.  This doesn't appear to leave much room for fixing problems or
> adding functionality *without* new command-line switches.

... while adding another option may fix every small problem at hand, it
creates a huge one that is even harder to fix: We have way too many
options already.

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