Help with decrypting gpg file

John Betz JBetz at
Thu Aug 27 16:36:23 CEST 2009

I appreciate the offer David, but I don't have PowerArchiver so I can't
create a sample input file. The file I am trying to decrypt is coming from
another source so I would have to get them involved in order to create a
sample archive file. Because WinZip is compatible, I am able to open with
PGP and then extract the individual files. The problem is specifically with
GPG - and I am using that because PGP doesn't run in batch mode.

My original thought was that there must be something I was doing wrong when
decrypting the file, but based on the feedback I am getting, and my review
of available commands and options I doubt that is the issue.

I think my next step will be to purchase PowerArchiver and experiment with
that....see if I can open the output file with the same product used as the
archive input file.


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-----Original Message-----
From: David Shaw [mailto:dshaw at] 
Sent: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 9:42 AM
To: John Betz
Cc: gnupg-users at
Subject: Re: Help with decrypting gpg file

On Aug 26, 2009, at 9:38 AM, John Betz wrote:

> David,
> The file is a PowerArchiver file (containing multiple text files)  
> that was
> encrypted using PGP.

I'm not sure if that file is legal according to the OpenPGP spec.  It  
depends on how it was packed together.  If you can encrypt a sample  
file (using dummy data, but with the same number of text files) I  
would be happy to take a look at it and see what is happening  
internally to GPG.


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