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Thunderbird gpg key import

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Thunderbird, srsly?

5MB (or 4.8MiB) import limit. Sure. My modest pubring (111 keys) is 18MB. The Debian keyring is 28MB.

May be, just may be, add another 0 to that if statement?

So, until that happens, workarounds ...

Option 1:

Export each pubkey into a separate file. The import dialog allows to select them all in one go. But - of course - it will ask confirmation for each. So prepare some valerian tea.

gpg --with-colons --list-public-keys | grep ^pub | cut -d : -f 5 | xargs -I {} -n 1 gpg -ao {}.pub --export {};

Option 2:

Strip all the signatures, so Thunderbird gets a smaller file to chew on. This uses pgp-clean from signing-party.

gpg --with-colons --list-public-keys | grep ^pub | cut -d : -f 5 | xargs pgp-clean -s >>

Option 1 will retain the signatures on individual keys, Option 2 will not.

Your software stores are a bad idea


There is significant effort involved to get your apt or dnf commands always have a consistent set of servers to talk to.

That's why running separate "software stores" is a bad idea:

Snap software store down

That way more admins need to learn how to run high availability services for dubious business opportunities to "later" monetize services. Services that nobody cares to pay for and thus opportunities that never materialize. But every company wants to find that out again. Because if Apple could do it, why shouldn't Canonical be able to do it? $$$!1!!

So, can't update Firefox on Ubuntu 22.04 right now.

At least there is

Snap incodent / monitoring status page

So I can check back tomorrow if I can update my web browser ...


09.11.2022 12:15 CET

The Snapcraft distribution system seems quite flaky, this is the downtime log:

Log of (frequent) Snapcraft outages

Bonus points for the bad client side implementation:

dl@laptop:~$ sudo snap refresh
All snaps up to date.

# ^this is a lie, just close Firefox and ...

dl@laptop:~$ sudo snap refresh
firefox 106.0.5-1 from Mozilla** refreshed


GNOME and KDE join forces to sink another 100 .. 200k USD into the void:[..]/proposals/

This is an application for funding from Schmidt Futures, which is one of the investment (as in philanthropic) funds from Eric Schmidt, former Google CEO.

The application text is worth reading. Very entertaining.

Robert McQueen (GNOME, Flathub) wrote on 07.03.2023 that the PlaintextGroup/Schmidt Futures application was denied for 2023.