[Enigmail] spontaneous change of message status

Patrick Brunschwig patrick at enigmail.net
Fri Mar 13 08:28:58 CET 2015


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On 12.03.15 20:38, Philip Jackson wrote:
> Using Thunderbird 31.5.0 with Enigmail version 1.8a1pre
> (20150312-0013) on linux.
> 
> Recently, I've been paying a lot of attention to the new interface
> in enigmail especially the enigmail toolbar when writing emails.
> From time to time, I've had the impression that a message which
> started out as 'This message will be signed' with only the 'sign
> message' check box checked in the Enigmail Encryption and Signing
> Settings box, has changed itself without my intervention to 'This
> message will be encrypted' with the 'Encrypt Message' box ticked 
> instead of the 'sign message' box.
> 
> I've spent a little time this evening trying to track it down.
> (and incidentally, it has just happened in this message).  I do not
> understand exactly why it's happening but I've found a couple of
> parameters involved.
> 
> For this spontaneous change to occur, one needs these factors to
> exist :
> 
> 1. the 'To' field is in red type (with a red cursor) 2. the 'To'
> field must be completed and not left blank 3. the spontaneous
> change in message status occurs around five or six minutes into the
> creation of the email - the body can be blank or partly filled.

Could it be triggered by auto-saving a draft message?

> What I don't understand is why sometimes I get a red cursor/ text
> in the 'To' field and sometimes black.  I can provoke a red address
> field entry by making any address incomplete but my address for
> enigmail-users seems correct and complete.

That's Thunderbird behavior - nothing Enigmail influences and nothing
Enigmail could do to improve it.

> Anyway - that is what I've found.  If anyone can shed any light on
> this 'happening', I would be pleased.
> 
> But I do consider that a spontaneous change to established message
> conditions should not occur.

Agreed

- -Patrick

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