#3 First few IMs not encrypted when could be



1) You are in an enctypted conversation w/a buddy.

2) You close your IM window to that buddy.

3) You open a new IM window to that same buddy.

4) Your first couple IMs will not be encrypted even
though you have their key!

Can this be changed so that keys you already have are
tried first?

And if those keys don't work, maybe add some kind of
warning like "You normall talk to this buddy encrypted
but it's not working now, do you want to talk to them
in the clear? Y/N? "


  • Bill Tompkins

    Bill Tompkins - 2003-04-11

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    If you click the Tx: "lock" icon, your outgoing messages
    will be encrypted.

    The problem is that there is no way for the plugin to know
    that your buddy has the encryption plugin enabled- when a
    new conversation window is opened, it starts by assuming
    that he or she does NOT have the plugin. When a message is
    received from them that has a Gaim-Encryption header (either
    because they have "broadcast" enabled, or because they sent
    you an encrypted message), your Tx "lock" icon will be
    turned on automatically (well, at least with the default

    Because no "ack"s are sent back and forth, the plugin does
    not know whether an encrypted message that it sent was
    actually displayed on the other side, or if the other side
    has no plugin. So re-trying a send would be pretty
    difficult and messy. For the time being, I'd just say: if
    you know you want to encrypt a message, click the icon
    before you click send.

  • Bill Tompkins

    Bill Tompkins - 2003-04-11
    • priority: 5 --> 2
    • assigned_to: nobody --> obobo
    • status: open --> closed-wont-fix
  • Nobody/Anonymous

    Logged In: NO


    You say we can't tell they have the plugin -- but shouldn't
    you know they have the plugin if you already have a key
    corresponding to that screenname? It's a pretty good
    assumption at that point.

    Can it be made an option to behave this way or not?

    Thanks for your consideration, and thanks for the encryption


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