Feature request: Add date and time to filename of encrypted file

Werner Koch wk at gnupg.org
Mon May 23 09:06:08 CEST 2005

On Sun, 22 May 2005 07:31:40 +0200, Per Tunedal Casual said:

> Add date and time to filename of encrypted file; this is an option for
> encrypt-file and encrypt & sign file.

OpenPGP defines a field for storing this information; it is however
not well definef and due to the fact that gpg is often used in a
pipeline, there is no such information available - we store the
current time instead.

Anyway, in good old Unix tradition gpg should not do this.  There are
more attributes to a file than the time (what time: creation,
modification, access?) for example the owner, the permissions ACLS and
such.  Trying to implement this would soon lead to a full archive
program.  It is better to use tar(1) or one the other archivers for
this instead.  They have been written for this purpose.  Use for
example something like:
   tar cf - filenames | gpg -e ...



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