Automatic decryption in 2.5, no button above the email any longer

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19 Jan, 2015 05:28 PM


Just as a feedback: in the former version of GPGTools there was a button above the email, where I had the choice to verify or decrypt on demand (when setting Apple Mail to "Classic layout" in OS X 10.10). Now it's always trying to decrypt automatically. E.g. when I delete the last eMail and the next one is selected automatically by Apple Mail - if this is an encrypted one and the time has expired to remember the password, it prompts me to enter it - maybe several times if it shows the conversation. Personally I prefer the behavior which GPGTools still has when installed under 10.6.: I can decrypt (or verify) on demand when I press the button above the eMail.

-- Reuti

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Steve on 19 Jan, 2015 10:19 PM

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    Hi Reuti,

    welcome to 10.10 :)

    We assume that if a user selects a mail, it is the intention to get to the mail content, thus GPGMail asks for the passphrase.

    If you get asked too often, you might want to disable the setting in > Preferences > GPGMail to "Create preview for list view". But that should not have any effect when you are using the classic view.

    Also you might want to visit the following KB-article on passphrase managment. Maybe storing your passphrase in the OS X keychain is an option for you or otherwise you might want to experiment with different timeout timings:

    I suggest using GPGMail 2 a bit more an eperimenting with the settings.

    Let me know, how this works out for you,

  2. 2 Posted by Reuti on 21 Jan, 2015 10:55 AM

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    Hi Steve,

    Thx for your reply. Yes, I noticed the option "Create preview for list view" and tried it already beforehand. But as you point out, it's doesn't change the behavior in "classic layout" mode in any way.

    I see the point, that an automatic decryption should be performed in case a user clicks on an email. But in my case the email is selected automatically, after I deleted a later email. As this can happen at any time during operation, the increasing of the timeout of the passphrase doesn't help much. The only option is to store the passphrase in the keychain what I would judge as being less optimal.

    Personally I would like to get the button above the email back and/or to have an option in the preferences "Decrypt emails automatically when they are being selected." Well - yes, also in case the preference would be there, you would need the button then to initiate the decryption.

    -- Reuti

    PS: Yes, I skipped 10.7, 10.8, 10.9 and jumped directly to 10.10.

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Steve on 25 Jan, 2015 07:53 PM

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    Hey Reuti,

    in that case you should be able to cancle the pinentry dialogue to abort the decryption.

    How is that behaving for you?

  4. 4 Posted by Reuti on 25 Jan, 2015 08:53 PM

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    Yes, I can press it to avoid the decryption. But: as I have switched on "Mail => View => Organize by conversation" the pinentry box pops up several times - for each of the messages in the flow of discussion.

    Pressing it once would be ok, but I have to cancel several times - for each of the messages in the conversation. And there is no way out to stop it.

    -- Reuti

  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by Steve on 25 Jan, 2015 09:37 PM

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    True. I've created a ticket for GPGMail to only ask a single time when the user aborts the process while being on a threaded mail stack.

    We'll update this discussion as soon as we have news regarding that feature.

  6. Steve closed this discussion on 28 May, 2015 05:52 PM.

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