Fwd: GPG Problem - invalid radix64 character

Turbo Fredriksson turbo at bayour.com
Fri May 13 11:55:25 CEST 2011


Begin forwarded message:

> I needed to move lots of data from one site to another across
> europe. I got a huge disk and archived all data onto that using
> something like (simplified):
> 	find | cpio -o | gpg -e | split - /disk/archive.
> To extract the data again, it's just as simple:
> 	cat `find /disk/archive.* | sort` | gpg -d | cpio -i
> This have worked perfectly for a number of these data moves
> I've done over the last few months...
> But this last one gave me a problem when trying to unpack
> it:
> 	gpg: invalid radix64 character D0 skipped
> 	gpg: invalid radix64 character 00 skipped
> 	gpg: invalid radix64 character AD skipped
> 	gpg: invalid radix64 character DE skipped
> 	[these four lines repeats for a while]
> 	gpg: [don't know]: invalid packet (ctb=73)
> 	gpg: mdc_packet with invalid encoding
> 	gpg: decryption failed: Invalid packet
> 	gpg: [don't know]: invalid packet (ctb=36)
> 	gpg: no valid OpenPGP data found.
> 	cpio: premature end of file
> There's 1498 4GB files, and I managed to extract 792GB before
> this failure. But since the archive files is in ASCII armor,
> there's no telling in which file the problem lies!
> I'm currently looking for '^-|.*:|^$' in the files, but
> so far nothing...
> 1. What character is D0, 00, AD and DE? What can I look for
>   (to try to diagnose the problem/file)
> 2. Is there ANYTHING I can do to get my data, exept making a
>   new archive (which, for various reasons, take about
>   two-three weeks)?
> I've googled this problem, but most (if not all) get this
> when/if receiving an ASCII armor via mail which messes
> things up. I doubt very much that's the problem here, since
> I'm using the exact, identical file I started with, not a
> copy (which is the result of mailing it)...

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