Secure file overwriting

David Shaw dshaw at
Sun Apr 4 05:58:32 CEST 2010

On Apr 3, 2010, at 9:24 PM, Michael Hansen wrote:

>  I know, this topic has been discussed to death, but anyway:
> If I wanna encrypt information and files, I often also want to get rid of the óriginal source files in a secure way, which requires a secure wiping function.
> That's why many other encryption software already has this feature implemented.

Secure wiping (even when it is possible) is something that is highly system-specific.  As GnuPG is portable code, that can run on many different operating sysems, this is not appropriate for GnuPG.

You don't state what operating system you are using, but there are many options available for most OSes if you look around.


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