Decrypt Output is Blank

John Bacalle
Tue, 19 Dec 2000 00:37:09 -0500

RE: GnuPG v1.0.3 (MingW32) encrypted text to GnuPG v1.0.1 (GNU/Linux)

I'm either dense tonight or getting some GnuPG stuff from someone else
that's new to me. 

I received an encrypted email from a Win-GPG user. I try to decipher it,

   gpg -d zulu.asc

I'm asked for my pass phrase, I enter it uneventfully, GPG doesn't
complain, a few seconds pass, and the prompt returns but no decrypt
output. ? I try adding '--output file' but file is blank.

I don't know what's up? so I do:

   gpg -d -vv zulu.asc

And I see among the contents,

 > $ gpg -d -vv zulu.asc
 > gpg: armor: BEGIN PGP MESSAGE
 > gpg: armor header: Version: GnuPG v1.0.3 (MingW32)
 > gpg: armor header: Comment: For info see
 > :pubkey enc packet: version 3, algo 16, keyid 1B1CAFC9EC8C49F7
 >         data: [2047 bits]
 >         data: [2048 bits]
 > gpg: public key is EC8C49F7
 > gpg: loaded digest 2
 > You need a passphrase to unlock the secret key for
 > user: "John Bacalle <>"
 > 2048-bit ELG-E key, ID EC8C49F7, created 2000-07-17 (main key ID E745678E)
 > gpg: loaded digest 3
 > gpg: key 8AA5C235: accepted as trusted key.
 > gpg: key E745678E: accepted as trusted key.
 > gpg: key BA54A558: accepted as trusted key.
 > gpg: key 4E00CCBB: accepted as trusted key.
 > gpg: public key encrypted data: good DEK
 > :unknown packet: type 18, length 163

Does this mean anything useful?

 > dump: [...]

So, what I have is an 'apparently' good decrypt that doesn't show me the
cleartext. Not nice. 


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