Command to decrypt the file

Elmer Espinosa elmer.espinosa at
Tue Mar 4 07:43:31 CET 2008

Got it thanks Sven.

On Tue, Mar 4, 2008 at 2:21 PM, Sven Radde <email at> wrote:

> Hi!
> Elmer Espinosa schrieb:
> > I used the command gpg -s file to encrypt the file.
> First of all, I am not quite sure whether you just spelled it wrongly
> here or whether you made a potentially serious mistake.
> "gpg -s" does *not* encrypt. It signs your file. "gpg -e" encrypts.
> While the outputs of both operations result in a "scrambled" file (that
> look pretty "encrypted" for a newbie), the signed one can be opened by
> anyone with access to your public key. An encrypted one can be opened
> only by using the private keys of the intended recipient(s). You may
> have noticed that you were not asked for your passphrase during your
> decryption attempts...
> > to decrpyt the file I used gpg -d file, but the output appear only in
> > the command prompt I was to save it in my local disk
> Try "gpg -d $file > $filename-to-save-it-under". Or "gpg -d -o
> $filename-to-save-it-under $file".
> You don't have to use the "-d" at all, as GnuPG defaults to the right
> operation (decrypting an encrypted file, verifying a signature, ...).
> Just try "gpg file".
> HTH, Sven
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