question on decryption with missing passcode

Daniel Kahn Gillmor dkg at
Thu Apr 18 00:25:59 CEST 2013

On 04/17/2013 05:05 PM, Beith, Linda wrote:
> Gpg: can't open 'rwu.dbdump_Nov2012.sql.gz.gpg'
> Gpg: decrypt_message filed: file open error

This message suggests that there is a problem in the filesystem, not a
problem with a missing passphrase.  Do you have a copy of the file in
question?  do you know what the symmetric passphrase is supposed to be?

if so, can you try to decrypt it and provide a paste of the full
terminal transcript (see [0] for suggestions on how to do a reasonable
terminal transcript) of you doing the following commands?

 ls -l rwu.dbdump_Nov2012.sql.gz.gpg
 gpg --decrypt rwu.dbdump_Nov2012.sql.gz.gpg

you'd need to run these commands from the directory where the file is

is it possible that the file just needs to be made readable, or needs a
change of ownership?

hope this helps,



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