16 May 2005

GPGMail and Mac OS X 10.4.1

A software update for Mac OS X 10.4 just arrived bringing us to 10.4.1. Among the various things this update does is breaking all “bundles” for OS X’s Mail.app. There is a version of GPGMail.mailbundle that works fine with 10.4. That is until the first time you start up mail after the upgrade and it breaks it.

defaults write com.apple.mail EnableBundles YES
mv Library/Mail/Bundles (Disabled) Library/Mail/Bundles

Note: Do not change the BundleCompatibilityVersion as is typically done with a new install of GPGMail. Setting that value to “1” triggers the irritating behavior that many have noticed where Mail.app moves Bundles to Bundles (Diabled) and sets EnableBundles to NO and sets BundleCompatibilityVersion back to “2”.

Then you’ll be back in business. It sure would be nice if Apple would let people make a better integrated PGP experience without hacking around with silliness like this.

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