GPGServices: Decrypting files (minor issue)

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Tom Goschütz

12 Mar, 2018 06:57 AM

When decrypting files with GPG for Mac,the file extension is kept, i.e. *.zip.pgp will be decrypted to *.zip 2.pgp, so that one has to change the extension manually prior to working with the file (here double-click to decompress).

Drop .pgp extension with decrypted file

macOS                   10.13.3     17D102
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GPG Keychain            1.4.2       1403    (128637e)
GPGServices             1.11.2      969     (e5438f7)
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  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Steve on 13 Mar, 2018 10:49 AM

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    Hi Tom,

    welcome to the GPGTools support platform. Sorry you are having problems using GPG Suite.

    The decrypted file will have the name that it had prior to encryption. So if you have a file called "test_file.pdf" and encrypt that file, you'll end up with "test_file.pdf.gpg".

    Decrypting that file will result again in a file called "test_file.pdf".

    Could you test that with some random file and confirm GPGServices behaves in that way on your machine?

    If it does the file you are decrypting may have had an unusual name before decryption.


  2. 2 Posted by Tom Goschütz on 13 Mar, 2018 12:04 PM

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    Hi Steve,

    thanks for following up on this. It does work as designed for a local file that I just tried (see OK1-3), but does not with a file that I receive every month from my mobile provider (see FAIL1-3). It looks like a standard ZIP file though and after removing the „ 2.pgp“ from the filename, double-clicking the file starts the unarchiver.





  3. 3 Posted by Tom Goschütz on 13 Mar, 2018 12:06 PM

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    addendum: I just notice that the file I receive has a .PGP extension instead of .GPG. This used to work though even with the PGP extension.
    If I change it to .GPG, the decrypt process also removes the .GPG.

    So it comes down to the suite handling the .PGP extension differently now than before.


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