I want to edit a GPG encrypted file file.asc without having to split the window to enter the recipient.

The recipient can be set in the vimrc.

:let g:GPGDefaultRecipients='<key ID>'

How would you suggest to parametrize/modify the gnupg plugin to automatically set the right recipient?

  • @grochmal It's not uncommon to encrypt to yourself and others. It's more common with mail, but also happens in other circumstances so I wouldn't say you're probably doing it wrong.
    – jamessan
    Apr 2, 2017 at 2:58
  • @jamessan - but, if you are encrypting for others, you wouldn't be able to decrypt it anyway (and therefore not able to edit), right? That's how I understand pubkey cypto at least. Or I'm simply missing that gnupg-vim uses symmetric enc for files? Sorry for that if it is the case. Yet, for symmeric enc Vim has blowfish built-in.
    – grochmal
    Apr 2, 2017 at 4:10
  • @grochmal You can specify multiple recipients with asymmetric encryption. That's how it works for email. If you couldn't encrypt it to yourself + the recipient, then you wouldn't be able to read it. vim-gnupg also supports symmetric encryption.
    – jamessan
    Apr 2, 2017 at 4:32
  • @jamessan - god, yeah. I completely forgot that trick (encrypt to someone and yourself, so you can edit as long a s you have your key and someone's pubkey). I feel stupid now. Removed the (quite bad) first comment. Thanks for that.
    – grochmal
    Apr 2, 2017 at 14:57
  • @user123456 You shouldn't have to manually open the recipient dialog. When you open a new file that matches the "encrypted file" pattern, it will automatically run the recipients dialog. Just enter the recipients there and then close the window.
    – jamessan
    Apr 2, 2017 at 23:27

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I'd better create an "empty" GPG encrypted file with the proper recipient and open it.

echo ""  | gpg -a -e -r <GPG ID/mail> > doc.asc
vim doc.asc

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