[Mageia-discuss] Thunderbird quoting problem

Doug Laidlaw laidlaws at hotkey.net.au
Fri Jun 22 02:19:23 CEST 2012

On Thu, 21 Jun 2012 21:54:26 +0200
Florian Hubold <doktor5000 at arcor.de> wrote:

> Am 21.06.2012 13:11, schrieb Anne Wilson:
> > Using TBird 10.0.5, I find that using the Reply button results in a
> > single line containing the date and name of the contributor being
> > quoted - nothing else. Sometimes, that is.
> >
> > Further investigation suggests that it may be related to replying to
> > encrypted mail. Any ideas?
> >
> > Anne
> >
> Did you maybe by accident mark something in the message
> which you want to reply to? Thunderbird only quotes the selected
> parts of the mail, in that case.
> But what i see is that your PGP signature gets minimized to the
> > symbol you can see below your quotation in this reply ...
> And furthermore but maybe unrelated, thunderbird /enigmail
> doesn't seem to be able to retrieve your public key ...
I haven't used Thunderbird, and I haven't had occasion to notice this
issue, but if I understand it correctly, it makes a lot of sense.  The
alternative to-be-expected result means that text which was originally
encrypted becomes unencrypted when quoted, and remains unencrypted
thereafter, perhaps repeated through a long thread.  That wasn't what
the originator wanted.  Whether it does any harm depends on the
content.  For those who use encryption for casual correspondence, it
doesn't.  Spies or Government departments would need to keep the


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