Proposal - variable line width for ASCII armor output

Stefan Claas sac at
Wed Feb 26 19:54:48 CET 2020

vedaal at wrote:

> On 2/26/2020 at 11:27 AM, "Stefan Claas via Gnupg-users"
> <gnupg-users at> wrote:
> >I like to make a proposal for future versions of GnuPG,
> >where a user can change the line witdh of ASCII armor
> >output.
> =====
> It would not be compatible with older versions.

I remember from base64 encoders which have this feature that others which
don't have this that decoding still works with older decoders.

And to be honest, people should keep their (privacy) software up to date, IMHO,
if they like to have that feature (should it be implemented) as well ... :-)
> The simplest thing for you, (or any users who prefer the aesthetics of a
> particular custom line width), would be to first make the GnuPG ascii armored
> message, then change it as you want to and copy, paste, and post, with a
> little note of how to change it back for verification.

Well, I can do that, yes, but you can't expect that all users would go the
extra mile, while this could be easily implemented.


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