Can't decrypt .gpg file

Jack McKinney
Mon, 27 Nov 2000 14:24:29 -0600

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    I created a file using gpg with a command like this:

tar -cvf - . | gpg --passphrase-fd 3 -c 3<<< "my key" > backup.tar.gpg

    I created a script with this command in it to make sure that I always
used the commands correctly.  I just ran it on some data, and the file
it created had a size approxiamately corresponding to the size of the
input (around 650MB).
    When I created this script, I am CERTAIN that I test the resulting
file to make sure that I could decrypt it.  However, just today, after
processing the 650M directory, I tried to decrypt the file with
'gpg backup.tar.gpg'.  It responded with 'gpg: no valid OpenPGP data found.'
'tar -tf' said it wasn't a tar file either.
    Any idea what happened to my data?  Why is the output the same size
as the input if it is not in either gpg or tar format???

"There is no parameter that makes it impossible        Jack McKinney
     for you to perform still more excellently."
   -Mario Cuomo, on the lack of a clock in baseball
1024D/D68F2C07 4096g/38AEF076

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