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Old 07-11-2009, 05:18 PM   #1
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gpg and stdout

I've been using gpg lately and I've noticed that "gpg --decrypt" always defaults to stdout if no output file is specified. So, I always do "gpg --decrypt ./foo.gpg > ./foo", and pipe it around and stuff, which I like.

But, when I encrypt files, it always defaults to creating a file called "file.gpg". I want to be able to encrypt a file with "gpg --encrypt file" and have the output come out on stdout. is there any way to do that?
Old 07-12-2009, 04:40 AM   #2
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the secret is to pipe the plaintext into gpg.

echo "Secret Message" | gpg --encrypt -r

to save your self from using a reset command after that, you might insert -a between gpg and --encrypt

For the win:

echo "Secret Message" | gpg -a --encrypt -r


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