10.6.8: Trouble with GPGTools 2 Install on Mail 4.6

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Nolan Willis

11 Aug, 2013 03:06 AM

Hello there.

I am running an older version of the Mac OS (V10.6.2) using Mail 4.6, and I am having a devil of a time trying to get the GPGTools for Mail to work. I have checked the /Library/Mail/Bundles folder to verify that GPGMail.mailbundle is there. I have also checked ~/Library/Mail/Bundles to make sure that GPGMail is not there. Here is what I am up against: I do not have access to the GPGMail plugin anywhere from my Mail application. It does not show up on the top bar of my Preferences pane, and I neither get the lock nor signature icons on my email composition windows. For whatever reason, my Mail app does not seem to be recognizing the plugin. Is this a known issue? Thanks for any help I get in advance!

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Steve on 11 Aug, 2013 10:21 AM

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    HI Nolan,

    just to make sure you have the latest package: Could you please visit https://gpgtools.org/ download the latest GPG Suite and run that.

    Does that improve anything on your system? We'll go from there...

    Best :)

  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by Steve on 11 Aug, 2013 10:22 AM

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    Oh and could you check if you have all the latest security updates from apple via Software Updates please.

  3. 3 Posted by Nolan Willis on 11 Aug, 2013 07:50 PM

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    Thanks for getting back with me so quickly. I performed both of those actions, and the problem still remains. As I look in directory "/Library/Mail/Bundles," I notice that "GPGMail.mailbundle" was created on 07/29/13 (this file also disappears whenever I run the uninstall routine), and I performed the most recent uninstall/install attempt today using the latest package from the GPG site. I also noticed that the version of that bundle was 1.4.1. I am not sure if that is the right one or not, but that is the only package I am able to get from the url that you provided. My software updates for 10.6 are current, and I just now ran a permissions repair to make sure that the disk permissions were correct. Still, Mail is not recognizing the plug-in. Keychain Access and the command line interface seem to be working though.


  4. 4 Posted by Nolan Willis on 11 Aug, 2013 11:15 PM

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    I figured it out--partly from reading other forums on this GPG support page. Apparently, bundles were disabled in Mail. I had to type the following line into my terminal.

    "defaults write "/Library/Preferences/com.apple.mail" EnableBundles -bool YES"

    In the next release, would it be possible for the GPG team to set up the install script to automatically ensure that bundles are enabled when the user installs the GPG software? I think it would save people a lot of trouble. Thanks for your help anyway!


  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by Luke Le on 12 Aug, 2013 07:02 AM

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    Hi Nolan,

    the weird thing is, that this command is already run by the installer, so it shouldn't be necessary you have to do this by hand.
    We'll have a look into this.

  6. Support Staff 6 Posted by Steve on 12 Aug, 2013 07:14 AM

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    We've a ticket for this problem:


    Closing this discussion. It will be re-opened as soon as the ticket is closed so you'll receive a notification. Feel free to open a new discussions should you run into further problems or need assistance.

    Thanks for reporting this problem.

  7. Steve closed this discussion on 12 Aug, 2013 07:14 AM.

  8. Steve closed this discussion on 03 Mar, 2014 12:30 PM.

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