Force GPG to write a file?

David Shaw dshaw at
Wed Mar 22 15:13:45 CET 2006

On Wed, Mar 22, 2006 at 09:49:34AM +0000, Daniel Carrera wrote:
> Hi all,
> Last question :)
> By default, gpg will refuse to write to a file (myfile.gpg) that already 
> exists. Is there a way to change this behaviour?
> I am running gpg on batch mode on a server to encrypt a database before 
> downloading. So I need to temporarily store the encrypted file on the 
> server. There are two ways to accomplish this:
> 1) Give Apache write permission to an entire directory, so it can add 
> and delete files in that directory.
> 2) Give Apache write permission to just one file (myfile.gpg) and keep 
> overwriting every time I download a new encrypted backup.
> Right now I'm doing (1) but I guess that (2) would be better. But I can 
> only do (2) if I can confince gpg to overwrite an existing file.



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