Using GPG for encrypting directories

Anthony E. Greene
Thu Sep 18 05:11:01 2003

On 17-Sep-2003/22:51 +0300, Paul Jahshan <> wrote:
>I want to use GPG for local encryption only, and after reading the man 
>file, I'm doing the following in order to encrypt a whole directory:
>I zip the directory with a password "zip -r -e foo foo", then I encrypt 
>it with "gpg -c" using a passphrase.
>Is this an elegant and secure way of encrypting directories? Am I using 
>GPG's full cryptographic power? Are there better alternatives?

I think a more elegant way is:

  tar -cf - /path/to/source/dir | gpg -c -o encrpyted_archive.gpg

GnuPG compresses during the encryption process, so zip is not necessary.
I use the tar utility rather than zip on *nix systems because the file
permissions are preserved.

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