[Enigmail] about the "send public key by email" option

Adam animalthemuppet at gmail.com
Mon Nov 14 00:15:48 EST 2005


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Chanan Strauss wrote:
> When I try to send a public key from the key manager (by email) nothing
> happens.
> What is the best way to send someone a public key (other than exporting
> it to a key server)?

I think you might actually just have found a bug in the 0.93.0
Enigmail release for Thunderbird 1.5.  The way you're trying to send
your public key is correct - it just so happens it's not working in
the current Enigmail release.  I've just tested it on my Thunderbird
1.5 (WinXP) version and it's not working either.  Not to worry though
- - there's a very easy workaround:

First, go into the Key Manager (via the OpenPGP > Key Management
menus) then right-click on the key you want to export.  Clcik "Copy
Public Keys To Clipboard", close the Key Manager, compose your email
and paste the key in (either using CTRL+V or Right-Click Paste)
wherever you want it.

There are some advantages to using a Keyserver (obviously, it's up to
you whether you do this or not) the main one being that if you sign a
message to anyone in the world (or even people on the Enigmail mailing
list) then your email can be automatically verified by each recipient
without you having to send them a copy of your public key.

Anyway, I hope this helps you out.

Adam

:o)

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