Enigmail and PGP from GNU

Carl Friis-Hansen ubuntuuser at carl-fh.com
Sun Jun 14 20:06:06 UTC 2009

On Sun, June 14, 2009 20:44, Karl F. Larsen wrote:
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> Muzer wrote:
>> Karl F. Larsen wrote:
>> H.S. wrote:
>>>>> Karl F. Larsen wrote:
>>>>>> $ sudo aptitude install pgp and then sudo aptitude install enigmail.
>>>>>> Reboot and then look at your Thunderbird. Up ther with File and Edit
>>>>>> is
>>>>> No, there is no need to reboot for this.
>>>>> People with Windows background: In Linux, rebooting is necessary when
>>>>> one wants to change the kernel being used. In almost all other
>>>>> circumstances, no rebooting is necessary, certainly not for
>>>>> installing
>>>>> and using the above mentioned two package.
>> 	Sorry but your law that you NEVER reboot Linux is in this case an
>> error. You have to think to understand why. And actually do it to see.
>> 	At time one Thunderbird is up and running. You load GNUPGP and
>> Enigmail. Enigmail needs to modify Thunderbird a lot. It does so I think
>> by writing to thunderbird on the hard drive. It doesn't show up on
>> Thunderbird.
>> 	Yes I think you can delete Thunderbird and then start it again and it
>> will work. But to just reboot is easier.
>> 73 Karl
>> Nope, rebooting X (Ctrl + Alt + Backspace if you disabled dontzap,
>> otherwise type /etc/init.d/gdm restart at a tty session), or even just
>> logging off and on again, are both solutions that will do the same
>> without restarting. Remember, Linux and most of the lower-level apps
>> that run on it were designed with being a server in mind, which needs to
>> be rebooted as little as possible. The only time when you absolutely
>> need to reboot is when you updgrade the kernel and want to use the new
>> kernel.
> 	I need to answer this with an observation that many people on this list
> are IT people who make their living with Ubuntu. They have some rules of
> being an IT that they just remember. Not why but just remember.
> 	My use of Ubuntu is just as a replacement for Windows. Windows can do
> things that are nice, but not real good things. And you are always
> worried about a virus.
> 	I was called an idiot because I suggested after installing Enigmail you
> should reboot. In fact a reboot works fine. I have done it several times
> and it worked every time. In fact I turn Off my own personal computer
> every evening now that it is Summer. So as a plain Ubuntu user I am sure
> reboot is both possible and effective.
> 	Those of you running servers should not do this. You Boss might get mad
> at you. But if you warn your Boss it is going to happen it will not be
> bad if you reboot.
> 73 Karl

It is not the Boss you need to warn, but all the clients relying on 99.9%
uptime good luck.
                           Carl Friis-Hansen
                           Phone: +46 372 15033

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