GPG Mail: GPGMail fails leaving Mail entirely unusuable

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16 Jan, 2019 06:23 PM

When setting up a new work machine, running macOS Version 10.14.2 (18C54) and Mail Version 12.2 (3445.102.3) with GPGMail 3.0.1 / 1330 (807c323e), I found that the GPGMailLoader.mailbundle would prevent Mail from starting when present. I did not have the ability to select the plugin from the settings in Mail because Mail would technically launch but freeze immediately, without loading any windows, and with everything in the menu bar’s dropdowns grayed out.

I would expect to be able to follow the directions and have GPGMail load up and run in my Mail client on the newer machine.

Additional info
I have since held back my old machine (persona and work alternate) back from updates, and it is still running macOS Version 10.14 (18A391) and Mail Version 12.0 (3445.100.39) but also with the same GPGMail version 3.0.1 / 1330 (807c323e). It loads GPGMail with no issues, but I’m not sure at what point in the upgrades in between this would have emerged as a potential problem.

macOS                   10.14.2     18C54
GPG Suite               2018.5      2368    (6f26711)
GPG Mail                3.0.1       1330    (807c323e)  3 trial days remaining
GPG Keychain            1.4.6       1514    (560b5a9)
GPG Services            1.11.6      1056    (ad0c960)
MacGPG                  2.2.10      921     (b487092)
GPG Suite Preferences   2.1.4       1077    (ad934a9)
Libmacgpg               0.8.7       895     (78f424a)
pinentry                1.1.0       10      (1ff8803)
  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Steve on 23 Jan, 2019 07:09 PM

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    Hi Jim,

    we are very sorry for your bad experience with GPG Suite. Please excuse the slow response.

    Unfortunately this happens due to a bug in macOS Mail on Mojave. We have filed the bug with Apple as rdar://45552251 but it is unclear how long it will take them to resolve the issue.

    Following are the steps that should fix this problem:

    • Close
    • Open Terminal and run the following command:

    sudo rm -rf ~/Library/Containers/

    • Open

    We recommend to use their feedback form to inform Apple about this problem and ask them kindly to consider investing the time to fix this bug. It may help to add the rdar number, so they know which issue you are referring to.

    Please let us know if that worked.

    Best regards,

    PS: We have a ticket for this problem. I connected this discussion with the existing ticket. That means, should this discussion get closed, it will be re-opened as soon as the ticket is closed. That way you'll stay in the loop and get notified as soon as we have news. Feel free to open a new discussions should you run into further problems or need assistance.

  2. 2 Posted by jimcavoli on 23 Jan, 2019 09:07 PM

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    That (plus re-adding the GPGMailLoader.mailbundle to ~/Library/Mail/Bundles) totally resolved the startup issue and allowed me to go into my mail preferences and enable GPGMail.

    Thanks so much!

  3. jimcavoli closed this discussion on 23 Jan, 2019 09:07 PM.

  4. Steve re-opened this discussion on 23 Jan, 2019 10:34 PM

  5. Support Staff 3 Posted by Steve on 23 Jan, 2019 10:34 PM

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    Glad this is solved for you. I'm closing this discussion. Should you need further assistance or have questions you can re-open this discussion here or open a new one any time.


  6. Steve closed this discussion on 23 Jan, 2019 10:34 PM.

  7. Steve closed this discussion on 01 Sep, 2019 06:35 PM.

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