GPG Mail: Plugin deactivated, after Mac OS update to Catalina

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Bernd Karcher

08 Oct, 2019 01:55 PM

Hello!
The PlugIn from GPG Suite in Apple Mail is after the update to Catalina deactivated. Are there any informations about, when this will be available again?

Expected
A functional plugin in Apple Mail

macOS                   10.15       19A583
GPG Suite               2019.1      2539    (f7527f7dd4)
GPG Mail    -
GPG Keychain            1.5         1577    (6daf90a76b)
GPG Services            1.12        1096    (17b325bb15)
MacGPG                  2.2.17      938     (cb13729b0b)
GPG Suite Preferences   2.2         1115    (f813be50a8)
Libmacgpg               1.0         920     (b50a3b4b50)
pinentry                1.1.0.1     14      (c191c4128d)
  1. 1 Posted by Neil on 08 Oct, 2019 05:47 PM

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    The GPGTools team posted this on Twitter this morning:

    "We are in the midst of preparing the release of GPG Suite for macOS Catalina. It should be available next week.
    In order to continue using GPG Mail, please hold off from updating to Catalina for now.
    We generally recommend to wait for .1 versions of macOS releases."
    

    https://twitter.com/GPGTools/status/1181278680762351616

    The explanation for needing to wait until a macOS version is released is here:

    While a new major version of Mail.app may introduce only minor visual changes, the codebase underneath it changes dramatically. Other Mail applications provide a number of functions, plugin developers can leverage to extend the application. These functions are guaranteed not to be changed or if they are, developers are notified in advance in order to adapt their plugins to the changes. This however is not the case for Mail.app. Apple can and does change everything they want whenever they want to. There's no notification of what has changed whatsoever, not even for the developers of the most popular Mail plugins.
    
    Especially during the beta phase of new major versions of macOS, Apple usually introduces a slew of major internal changes with each beta. So in the worst case, plugin developers have to reverse engineer Mail again and again in order to find new or modified functions they could use to enhance Mail the way they need to. In the worst case, those changes can require us to re-reverse engineer most of Mail.app and rewrite a whole lot of code.
    
  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by Steve on 08 Oct, 2019 08:01 PM

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    Hi Bernd,

    thanks for taking the time to report this problem.

    We are in the midst of preparing the release of GPG Suite for macOS Catalina.

    It should be available next week.

    If you have update checks enabled in System Preferences › GPG Suite, you will be alerted automatically once the new GPG Suite release is available.

    In addition we will also update this discussion.

    All the best,
    Steve

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