question on decryption with missing passcode

Jay Sulzberger jays at
Thu Apr 18 01:51:20 CEST 2013

On Wed, 17 Apr 2013, Daniel Kahn Gillmor <dkg at> wrote:

> 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?

Ah, I missed that.  Indeed, as others also have suggested and
argued, that message suggests that gpg cannot even open the file.


> 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
> located.
> is it possible that the file just needs to be made readable, or needs a
> change of ownership?
> hope this helps,
> 	--dkg
> [0]

More information about the Gnupg-users mailing list