[pkg-gnupg-maint] Bug#800730: gnupg2: key generation unusable in es_US.UTF-8

brian m. carlson sandals at crustytoothpaste.net
Sat Oct 3 04:03:04 UTC 2015

Package: gnupg2
Version: 2.1.8-1
Severity: normal

Despite being a native English speaker, I run my system in Spanish to
improve my technical Spanish.  When trying to generate a test key, I
noticed that the user interface prompts for input in English, but
refuses to accept the English values:

  vauxhall ok % gpg --gen-key --expert
  gpg (GnuPG) 2.1.8; Copyright (C) 2015 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
  This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it.
  There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.
  Note: Use "gpg2 --full-gen-key" for a full featured key generation dialog.
  GnuPG debe construir un ID de usuario para identificar su clave.
  Nombre y apellidos: Test
  El nombre debe tener al menos 5 caracteres
  Nombre y apellidos: Tester
  Dirección de correo electrónico: tester at test.tld
  Ha seleccionado este ID de usuario:
      "Tester <tester at test.tld>"
  Change (N)ame, (E)mail, or (O)kay/(Q)uit? o
  Change (N)ame, (E)mail, or (O)kay/(Q)uit? o
  Change (N)ame, (E)mail, or (O)kay/(Q)uit? o
  Change (N)ame, (E)mail, or (O)kay/(Q)uit? q

Note that GnuPG does not quit when given "q", and does not continue when
given "o", despite the text.  I finally determined that "s" (salir; exit)
quits, but it's unclear to me what text I should use to continue.
Regardless, either both the prompt and the input should be translated,
or neither.  As it stands, it's very confusing for the user to try to
guess what GnuPG expects.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: stretch/sid
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable'), (500, 'stable'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Foreign Architectures: i386

Kernel: Linux 4.2.0-1-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=es_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=es_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Init: systemd (via /run/systemd/system)

Versions of packages gnupg2 depends on:
ii  dpkg           1.18.3
ii  gnupg-agent    2.1.8-1
ii  install-info   6.0.0.dfsg.1-3
ii  libassuan0     2.3.0-1
ii  libbz2-1.0     1.0.6-8
ii  libc6          2.19-22
ii  libgcrypt20    1.6.3-2
ii  libgpg-error0  1.20-1
ii  libksba8       1.3.3-1
ii  libreadline6   6.3-8+b3
ii  zlib1g         1:1.2.8.dfsg-2+b1

Versions of packages gnupg2 recommends:
ii  dirmngr  2.1.7-2

Versions of packages gnupg2 suggests:
pn  gnupg-doc   <none>
pn  parcimonie  <none>
ii  xloadimage  4.1-23+b1

-- no debconf information

brian m. carlson / brian with sandals: Houston, Texas, US
+1 832 623 2791 | https://www.crustytoothpaste.net/~bmc | My opinion only
OpenPGP: RSA v4 4096b: 88AC E9B2 9196 305B A994 7552 F1BA 225C 0223 B187
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