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Re: Multiple OpenPGP messages per file: legal or not?



On 08/10/2007, David Shaw <dshaw@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>
> On Sun, Oct 07, 2007 at 11:41:25PM +0100, Rachel Willmer wrote:
> >
> > If (d) "out of scope", which spec does define file formats?
> >
> > If the answer is "there isn't one which does", how do we plan to do
> > interoperability between applications which use the OpenPGP packet
> > format? e.g. to transfer Encrypted Messages.
>
> I didn't quite mean "out of scope" in that sense.  I meant "the spec
> doesn't mandate it or forbid it, so it's up to the implemention to
> decide."  As you saw, GPG doesn't do it.

It shouldn't be up to the implementation to decide (IMHO). If the goal
of the WG is "to provide IETF standards for the algorithms and formats
of PGP processed objects", then surely some standard file formats
should be defined [*] : e.g. keyring, encrypted file, signed file,
etc.

Rachel

[*] I'm using "file format" in the loose sense of disk file or file stream.