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#256 Support explicit selection of subkeys (especially for encryption)

wont-fix
nobody
None
1.6.0
Enhancement
24.3.0
2.0.22
All
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2015-01-31
2014-02-22
Yarny
No

For signing this is already possible by entering the id of a specific signing subkey in the format "0xdeadbeef!" in the openPGP identity settings box. However, it's not possible to select a specific subkey in the key choosing dialog boxes (for the identity or for encryption of mail). There is no way to select a specific subkey for email encryption, not even with recipient rules.

Support for explicit subkey selection would help the implementation of concepts like https://blog.dest-unreach.be/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/pgp-subkeys.html.
Maybe it's possible to extend the key selection dialog such that it shows subkeys in a tree-like structure.

Discussion

  • Enigmail aims to target "average" users, and I think this is a very specific request for a very small set of users.

    GnuPG does selection of subkeys automatically (e.g. revoked or expired subkeys are automatically ignored). I have not seen a single use-case where the automatic selection of subkeys in GnuPG would have been wrong.

     
    • status: open --> wont-fix