Peics/PgpEudra/Empics FAQ

This FAQ describes the frequently asked questions about Peics or Empics, an interface between Eudora and PGP. Please read this document before mailing me, because I don't really like to answer the same questions all the time. PgpEudra is out-dated, so you'd better upgrade. 
Q1. Where can I find a FAQ about Peics?
Q2. Where can I find Peics?
Q3. It does not wait for a while after PGP has run
Q4. The menuitem "Run PGP..." is greyed so I can't select it
Q5. Error 6 when doing "Run PGP..." on WinNT
Q6. "Adding the button failed" in Eudora x.x.x
Q7. It does not work with PGP 5.x

Q1. Where can I find a FAQ about Peics?
A1. On my homepage at "http://www.xs4all.nl/~comerwel/".

Q2. Where can I find Peics?
A2. On my homepage at "http://www.xs4all.nl/~comerwel/".

Q3. It does not wait for a while after PGP has run. I can hardly read PGP's output before the DOS box closes.
A3. Configure Windows/PGP to keep the DOS-window open after PGP has run. Then the window will keep open after PGP has terminated, so you can read error messages and signature checking results. Maybe I'll capture PGP's output and present it on screen, once in a future version. 
A3: In Windows 95
Windows 95 does not have a PIF-Editor anymore although PIF-files are still supported. But you can set the options for the file PGP.EXE instead. In "My computer" click on the pgp icon, choose "File|Properties" from the menu, choose "Program" and uncheck "Close on exit".
A3: In Windows 3.x
On a 80386 PC (or better) you can edit/create PGP.PIF to run in a DOS-Window instead of fullscreen textmode. Besides you can choose to keep the DOS-box open after PGP has terminated. Then you can see the results of PGP. There's a PGP.PIF file included in this distribution. I do not promise that it works, but it might be a good starting point for creating your own.

Q4. The menuitem "Run PGP..." is greyed so I can't select it
A4. You probably have Eudora(32) with Peics 0.20 or older. Upgrade to Peics(32) 1.25. 
Q5. Error 6 when doing "Run PGP..." on WinNT
A5. It seems that Peics does not want to start a 16-bit PGP-version on WinNT. It runs fine with the win32 version though. You can find pgp263i on the International PGP homepage
Q6. "Adding the button failed" in Eudora x.x.x
A6. If Peics shows a message: "Adding the button failed because Peics could not find the appropriate window" in a new Eudora version, then Qualcomm probably changed the window layout. Peics 1.25 has this problem with Eudora 3.0.5 and later. Fixed in 1.27.

Please download the new DLL at: http://www.xs4all.nl/~comerwel/peics/download.html

The ZIP data should read this:

 Length  Method   Size  Ratio   Date    Time   CRC-32     Name
 ------  ------   ----  -----   ----    ----   ------     ----
 117760  Defl:N   57416  51%  11-04-97  01:27  aa5d3e72   PEICS32.DLL
Now delete these 2 entries in PEICS.INI:
  [SelectedModDefinition]
  [ModuleDefinition]
(and the keys under them of course)

These "ModuleDefinition"s describe the various Eudora versions. If the "ProductName" or "ProductVersion" do not match, you can choose a closest match. In version 1.27 I added a new definition for 3.0.5, but Peics still chooses the selected definition. If you delete that entry, it will choose the new addition.

If it happens again with a newer Eudora version, you can turn off the use of the button:
In PEICS.INI set UseToolBar=0
The UseToolBar option allows you to enable or disable the displaying of a button on the right side of Eudora's toolbar that will invoke the "Run PGP" dialog when pressed. Values are "0" (disabled) or "1" (enabled).

If you set it to -1, then the Window interface is not used at all. You can still use the EMSAPI interface, though. This can be handy for testing. 

Q7. It does not work with PGP 5.x
A7. True. PGP 5 works totally different. Maybe I'll make something for it when I have time. It's not very likely though, because PGP 5 has a much better interface, it's not so needed. 
Please send mail about this FAQ to pgpeudra@comerwell.xs4all.nl. (I still like to find my personal mail ;-). I read this mailbox very often (because I'm too curious), but it's easier to handle them all at once than in between other issues. So please do not use the other address.
Hans (pgpeudra@comerwell.xs4all.nl)