Force GPG to write a file?

Daniel Carrera daniel.carrera at
Wed Mar 22 10:49:34 CET 2006

Hi all,

Last question :)
By default, gpg will refuse to write to a file (myfile.gpg) that already 
exists. Is there a way to change this behaviour?

I am running gpg on batch mode on a server to encrypt a database before 
downloading. So I need to temporarily store the encrypted file on the 
server. There are two ways to accomplish this:

1) Give Apache write permission to an entire directory, so it can add 
and delete files in that directory.

2) Give Apache write permission to just one file (myfile.gpg) and keep 
overwriting every time I download a new encrypted backup.

Right now I'm doing (1) but I guess that (2) would be better. But I can 
only do (2) if I can confince gpg to overwrite an existing file.

I looked at the man page and FAQs and I couldn't find this information.

Thank you for your help.

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