Patch to discourage unencrypted key generation

Alex Bligh alex at
Sat Jun 1 02:23:36 EST 2013

On 31 May 2013, at 16:46, John Hawkinson wrote:

> Alex Bligh <alex at> wrote on Fri, 31 May 2013
> at 16:41:53 +0100 in <25BCBFD2-791A-4B1E-9182-A87FD75B8BAD at>:
>> Would isatty(0) be reasonable to determine whether prompting should be used?
> I don't think so. This just makes it hard to debug scripts and hard to
> write them.
> This kind of "trickery" causes more trouble than it solves.

To be honest I am doubtful about the value of doing anything other than modifying
the manpage.

However, having written such scripts before, I can't see why anyone writing
a script would be using piping stuff to prompts, when you can pass -N ""
as a parameter and get no prompt.

Alex Bligh

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