Is it possible to decide what is a gpg file?

Doug Barton dougb at
Wed Nov 18 01:04:41 CET 2009

Timo Juhani Lindfors wrote:
> Melikamp The Medley <melikamp at> writes:
>> and enter a passphrase, I get an encrypted foo-file.gpg.
> gpg seems to be able to determine the cipher used:
> $ gpg foo-file.gpg
> gpg: CAST5 encrypted data

When I try this with gpg2 I get the following:

gpg2 bunsen_honeydew.jpg.gpg
gpg: error reading key: No public key

I get the same result with a file encrypted to a public key (as this
one was) and with a symmetrically encrypted file.

Am I doing something wrong here?



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